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Mis. Lorena R. Phillips 
Mrs. Ben G. Moore 
Mrs. Gettys Scruggs 

"Upon this Rock I will build my church; and the gates of 

hell shall not prevail against it." 

Matthew 16:18 



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Preface (vi) 

Acknowledgements ( v jj> 

Poem — Old Home Church (viii) 

Introduction _ (j^j 

Remembrance ( x j; 

Poem — The Church at the Crossing ( x ii) 

Location and Early History of First Church _ l 

Cemetery 3 

1790 Censuses 3 

Early Church Rolls ___ _._.._.__ . 4 

Early Settlers 

The Scruggs Clan "____ 9 

The Wrays 10 

State Line Church Plot _ jj 

Pioneer Preachers . 

Early History of the Baptist Associations in 

North and South Carolina _ 13 

The Church Re-organized in 1824 16 

Protracted Meetings of Long Ago . . 24 

Baptismal Places 32 

Church Discipline 33 

vp The Lord's Supper 35 

/Tv- Biograprical Sketches of Evangelists and Pastors 

of the 1800 —1900 Period . 36 

A Summary of the Pastors 49 

Vj Ministerial Sons _ 54 

; Visiting Speakers and Evangelist From 1905 to 1957 75 

. * Deacons 77 

Church Clerks go 

^ Miscellaneous Items of Interest 81 

Church Membership _ 87 

V Church Roll July 1957 91 

Sunday School 93 

Training Union _ jQ6 

^ Missions iqq 

Brotherhood nf 

Library xl7 

a Music in 

a , Bible School 120 

^ J Sextons 121 

Honorary Tribute 123 

Conclusion 224 


We acknowledge with gratitude these sources from which 
we obtained the information contained in our report on the 
history of this church: 


In the spring of 1956 during a church-wide Training Union 
Study Course our people became interested in the history of 
the church. Such questions as — When was the church con- 
stituted? and Who were the charter members? set in motion 
a search of old church minutes. 

Recognizing our rich Christian heritage and realizing the 
need for a systematic preservation of the old records, the 
Deacons of the church asked that a committee be appointed 
to compile a history of the State Line Baptist Church. 

In church conference Mrs. Lorena Ray Phillips was ap- 
pointed Chairman, with Mrs. Gettys Scruggs and Mrs. Ben 
Moore as members of the committee. 

With the help of our local church minutes, associational 
minutes, talks with many of the older members, both present 
and former, to whom we are deeply grateful, we have at- 
tempted to put into printed form this history. 

We are also indebted to the Libraries and Librarians of 

Furman University, Limestone, and Gardner-Webb Colleges. 


I. The church minutes beginning with the year 1837. 

II. The history of the Broad River and King's Mountain 
Associations by John R. Logan. 

III. History of The Broad River Association by M. C. Barnett 

IV. General History of the Baptist Denomination in 
America and other Parts of the World, by Benedict. 

V. Baptist Encyclopaedia, by Cathcart. 

VI. History of North Carolina Baptist by George V. Paschal. 

VII. Minutes of the Bethel and the Broad River Associations 
at the Furman University Library, Greenville, S. C. 
Minutes of the Broad River Association and books from 
Limestone College Library, Gaffney, S. C. 

Books at Gardner Webb College Library, Boiling 
Springs, N. C. 

VIII. Deeds and land papers at the Spartanburg County 
Courthouse, Spartanburg, S. C. 

IX. A Record of the Government Census of 1790 at the 
Kennedy Library, Spartanburg, S. C. 

X. To the following people for the information they gave 
in connection with the early history of this church: 

Mr. J. W. Camp, George Camp, Roy Scruggs, Clyde 
Scruggs, and Jim Scruggs, .and the Rev. Gaston Camp, 
who lent us some books, one by John R. Logan and a 
Sunday School record book for the year of 1906 when 
he (Mr. Camp) was secretary of the Sunday School at 
State Line., and to the others who have helped in many 
ways, we are indeed grateful. 



I see a quaint old country church close by a spring; 
I hear the preacher saying; "Let us stand and sing," 
The years still sweetly echo voices of that throng, 
As I recall the singing of some sacred song. 

I see my dear old Mother, yes, and Father, too; 
They're sitting there together in that rustic pew. 
Long years may come and go but time shall never fade 
Those happy memories that childhood years once made. 

Each Sabbath Day the neighbors then would wend their ways 
To that old meeting-house of "horse and buggy days," 
Where many bashful swains and maidens pledged their love, 
While Heaven's blessings fell like manna from above. 

God bless that dear old Country Church; I love it so! 
I cherish those old-fashioned days of long ago, 
And feel God's presence when I hear a Church bell ring, 
In busy cities or down by some old-time spring. 

Harry Russell Wilkins 

Used by permission 



Let us glance at the prevailing conditions which existed 
around 1794 that we may better understand and appreciate 
the early efforts and struggles of those who set about to 
provide for the spiritual well-being of our forefathers. 

The people had about recovered from the disintegration 
and demoralization which resulted from the Revolution 
(1776-1783). Meeting houses which had been destroyed or 
dismantled were now rebuilt. Congregations were once more 
gathered and new territory was penetrated by the Baptist 

From 1750 the population of the sparsely settled up-lands 
known as the back country had steadily increased, partly 
by movement inland from the coast, partly by overland 
immigration from Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Caro- 
lina. The new settlers were largely Scotch-Irish, German, and 
dissenting English. 

Along with the new settlers came many new sects in re- 
ligion, as explained by Leah Townsend as follows: "Most 
of these sects came into South Carolina only in small num- 
bers, and by far the majority of the Baptist entering the 
back country were first known as Separates. One of the 
effects of the Great Awakening in New England was the 
division of the Congregational Churches into Old Lights and 
New Lights, the New Lights claiming that the religion of the 
Old Lights had grown soulless and formal and had no more 
the light of scriptural inspiration. Because the Old Lights 
withdrew from the Congregational Churches, the New Lights 
came to be known as Separates. Partly from their unpleasant 
situation in New England and partly from their missionary 
zeal, many of the Separates spread their principles to other 
colonies. Rev. Shubal Stearns, a peculiarly passionate and 
moving exhorter, is claimed by all Baptist historians to 
have led the Separate New Light movement into the South- 
ern Colonies. He settled at Sandy Creek, North Carolina, 
and from this center Separate practice and belief spread in 
all directions." 

(Chapter IV, South Carolina ' Baptist, Leah Townsend) 

In John R. Logan's "History of the Broad River Associa- 
tion" it is stated that the Buffalo Church (Broad River 
Association) was organized by two visiting ministers or 
missionaries from the Sandy Creek Association (North Caro- 
lina) in 1772. Tradition says that the Buffalo Church extend- 


ed an arm and the State Line Baptist Church was constitut- 
ed in 1794. Thus it woud seem that State Line was in- 
directly a branch of the Sandy Creek movement. 

A teaming religious life is shown covering the back 
country after 1790. Churches sprang up here and there in 
the newly formed Bethel Association. The names "Separate' 
and "Regular" disappeared and only Baptist remained. 

By 1792 there were seventy Baptist Churches and three 
thousand members in South Carolina. 

For the growth of the Baptist movement we are grateful 
to the untiring efforts of the indomitable Baptist Preachers 
of the early years. In cool disregard of the dangers and hard- 
ships the pioneer preachers evangelized the widely scattered 
settlers and built churches. Because of the distance between 
churches and because of the lack of roads and bridges, the 
Elder, as he was generally called, had often times to leave 
several days in advance to reach on foot or horseback the 
place of appointment. 

The early preacher tilled the soil and thus provided the 
simplest and coarsest of food and clothing for himeself and 
his family. After a day of arduous toil in the field he 
would spend hours earnestly studying by a pine-knot fire 
the only book he knew, The Bible, in preparation for the 
services of the approaching Sunday. Generations of Baptist 
preachers never dreamed of compensation. Most of the men 
who laid the foundation of the great Baptist denomination 
of the South went to their graves unrewarded in his world's 

That we might be still better acquainted with the era, 
from which State Line sprang, let us review some of the 
historical events of the times. The Country was under the 
leadership of its first President, George Washinton. (1789- 
97). The Battle of Cowpens was but a recent event. (1781.) 
The states of Kentucky and Tennessee were joining the 
Union. (1792-1796). Eli Whitney had just invented the cotton 
gin at Savannah. (1793). Fulton's seamboat was yet thirteen 
years in the future and it was yet thitry-six years to the 
time of the first railroad. 

So with a backward glance at the conditions, both physical 
and spiritual, of a people who were willing to sacrifice all 
for God and Country, we invite your attention to the past 
and to the present of a great body of baptized believers, the 
State Line Baptist Church. 


Remember the days of old, consider the years of many gene- 
rations; Ask Thy Father and he shall shew thee; thy elders, 
and they will tell thee. 

Deuteronomy 32:7 

This shall be written for generations to come; And the 
people which shall be created shall praise the Lord. 

Psalm 102:8 

Walk about Zion, and go round about her; tell the towers 
thereof. Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; 
that ye may tell it to the generation following. For this God 
is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even unto 

Psalms 48:12-14 




Out from the city with its noisy street, 
Out where the air is pure and sweet, 
There at the crossing where two roads meet 
Stands a Country Church. 

Away from the rush, the fam and the show, 
Back where the fragrant wild flowers grow 
And songbirds nest in branches low 
Is this Country Church. 

Near to the grange, the school or the store, 

A few simple homes, say three or four, 

And a few great trees where once there were more 

By the Country Church. 

On Sabbath day its bell will ring, 
And kindly folk will come out and sing 
The praise of Him who peace did bring 
To the Country Church. 

"Faith of Our Fathers" or "Jesus Saves," 
Or "Love Divine", which honest hearts crave, 
The people sing and children behave 
In the Country Church. 

The sermon is plain but the spirit is there 
And people fill each pew and chair, 
E'en down to the place of prayer 
In the Country Church. 

And when the last invitation is given, 
And old-fashioned saints are gathered in heaven, 
We'll meet with those whose sins were forgiven 
Back in the Country Church. 

The first church building of State Line Church was located 
on the Island Ford road, about one mile from Island Ford, 
a crossing place on Broad River in Rutherford County. The 
historical reports of the Broad River Association, throughout 
the early years, established the fact that State Line Baptist 
Church was constituted in the year 1794. The historical com- 
mittee appointed to write the history of this church has done 
much research with the hope of finding records of the organ- 
ization and the charter members. Although we have been 
unable to gain this information, our efforts have proved very 
rewarding. The history of this church, as we present it will, 
for the most part, be given as we have found it recorded in 
church and associational minutes, and books of this early 
period of church history in America. Because of the fact 
that very few records have been preserved of the early years 
of our church history, we must rely upon the traditional re- 
ports handed down from generation to generation to complete 
the history of this church. Preceeding generations have said 
that Buffalo Church helped to organize this church and that 
Joseph Camp was the supply of Buffalo at that time. The 
1900 association minutes show that Buffalo Church claimed 
credit for this organization; and the Bethel Association min- 
utes of the 1790's verify the fact that Joseph Camp was sup- 
ply of Buffalo church at that time. 

The first church building, from all reports, was a small, 
one-room log house, erected on and belonging to a Mr. 
Blackwell in Rutherford County, N. C. This church was only 
a short distance from the North and South Carolina State 
Line, which gave rise to the name State Line Church. The 
original location, as pointed out to us, is owned by J. W. 
Camp, and his land papers bear out the fact of Blackwell's 
owning this land. Whether or not Mr. Blackwell erected the 
building himself, we do not know, but he was a member of 
this church, for the church brought a charge against him for 
drunkenness. This enraged him so much that he tore the 
building down, log by log, and carried them away. What year 
this happened we are unable to say, but from all our research 
it seems logical that the building was destroyed and the 
church disbanded about 1819. 

Reasons for drawing this conclusion are these: 
1. Blackwell sold this property that year. 

Bessie Cox 


2. The year before we found a report of a minister being 
at State Line. 

3. We were unable to find any report in connection with 
this church between 1819-1824. 

This leads us to believe that the church was united and active 
at the original location for twenty-four years. During this 
period of its early history this church produced five minister- 
ial sons, who became prominent ministers throughout the 
early years of the Broad River Association. (Names listed 

The cemetery that was used in the early years of this 
church remains as a land mark, even to this day. This ceme- 
tery covers a good-sized plot of ground, now grown up in 
trees. You can still see old fields rocks marking the place of 
many graves. Both white people and negroes were buried 
there since it was slavery time; the negroes continued to 
use this burial ground after the white people had quit bury- 
ing there, which explains why it became known as a Negro 

Although we don't have a verified list of the charter 
members, we are including some adult names taken from 
census of 1790, and old land peapers. Some of these, no 
doubt, were charter members, as many of their names are 
on the church roll in later years. 

First Church on present location. 
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State Line Church had no burial ground at the second 
location of the church from 1824 to 1857. This possibly was 
due to three or more reasons, namely: 

1. At that time people were accustomed to having family 
plots where they buried. 

2. Many perhaps were still using the cemetry at the first 
location of the church. 

3. The church had no property of its own at this time, nor 
until 1840. 

In conference, July 1856, a committee was appointed to 
make inquiry about buying land for burial ground and to 
report to the church the following month. The committee 
was as follows: P. Watkins, Andrew Ray, and C. S. W. 
Scruggs. In the minutes of August, 1856, the clerk made this 
report: "The purchase of burying ground made and laid over 
until next month." There was no other mention in the 
minutes of burial ground in these early years; however the 
registration of deeds in Spartanburg County, S. C, show 
that the church bought land from N. A. Ray in 1857 and 
again in 1895 from N. A. Ray and T. P. B. Ray. (Deed 
books E. K. 551 and L L L 682,) 

Comment: N. A. Ray is Nancy Adeline, daughter of Andrew 
Wray (or Ray) and T. P. B. Ray is Bookter Ray. 


Blackwell, John; Blackwell, Joel; Blackwell, James: Blanton, 
Clabron; Camp, Thomas Sr.; Camp, Daniel; Camp, William; 
Dobbins, William; Dobbins, James; Davis, Jacob 
Davis, Abner; Durham, William; Scruggs, Richard; Williams, 
Edward; Wood, William; Watkms, David; Watkins, Peter. 

1790 Census of Spartanburg County, S. C. 

Blackwell, Zacheriah; Connel, Jessie; Connel, George; Dur- 
ham, John; Davis, Nathaniel; Devine, George; Moore, John 
(and others) 

Peck. Benjo; Ray, Andrew, Turner, Joseph (and others) 
Wood, Henry; Wood, Michal; Williams (several) 
We feel confident some of these were charter members. 
These names were on old deed books in Spartanburg 
County Courthouse. 

Blackwell, Joel 1787; Blackwell, Zacheriah 1795; Blanton, 
Clabron 1836; Camp, James T. 1827; Camp, George 1827; 

— 3 

Davis, Robert M. 1827; Davis, Joseph; Hicks, Richard; Hicks, 
1812; Hicks Berryman 1812; Phillips, Jacob; Phillips, James. 

1814 — 1825 Wills administrators 

Ray, Andrew; Ray, Nancy; Ray, Alexander Ray, Elizabeth; 
Ray, A. C .; Ray, Jackson; Ray, James H.; Scruggs, Robert; 
Scruggs, John; 


The eariest church roll to be found in our church minutes 
that have been preserved is one made out some time be- 
fore 1846. This roll shows that the church had enrolled fifty- 
eight members; but with dismissions common, perhaps all 
were not members at one time. In this oldest book of church 
minutes there is another roll made out in 1846 which has 
seventy-nine members enrolled. It will be interesting to com- 
pare the names on the church roll with those on the census 
and old land papers. 

We find many of these family names continuing through 
the history of this church to the seventh generation. 


1. Zacheriah BlackwelK Elder) — Dismissed by letter 1837 

2. Drury Scruggs (Elder) 

3. Kinared Watkins 

4. Peter Gosnell — Died 1844 

5. David Amos — Excluded 1842 

6. Franklin Wray — Dismissed by letter 1846. 

7. John Turner 

8. Clabern Blanton — Received by letter 1840 

9. Jepse Blanton 

10. Abner B. Davis 

11. William B. Turner 

12. Edward Williams 

13. David Turner 

14. Walter M. Turner — Excluded 

15. Matthew Scates 

16. William Poole 

17. David Pope — Dismissed by letter 1837 

18. Lewis Parris — Dismissed by letter 1840 

19. John T. Pope — Received by letter 1840 

20. A. A. Sarratt 

21. Jeremiah Cudd — Received by expression 1844 

22. Stephen Rains — Received by expression 1844 

23. Benson Davis — Dismissed by Letter 1844 

24. William Wood — Baptised 1846 

25. Sandy (A slave of Joshua Camp) 

26. Drury Williams 






Elder Drury Scruggs 

William B. Turner (Deacon) 

Franklin Wray (Deacon) — Died August 1891 

William Watkins 

John Turner 

Jepse Blanton 

Edward Williams 

Drury Wihams 

D. P. Williams 
Walter M. Turner 
Matthew Scates 

Allman Sarratt — Excluded 1848 
Jeremiah Cudd 
Stephen Rains 

William Wood — Excluded 1851 
Sandy (A Slave) — Excluded 

Charles S. W. Scruggs — Baptised 1847— Dismissed by 
letter 1849— Received by letter 1851 
Thomas L. Scruggs — Baptised December 1847 
Chesterfield Scruggs 
Philip Watkins 
Philip Davis 
Thompson Robbs 
Judson P. Scruggs 
Howell Westbrook 
Robert Arnold 
Kindred Watkins 
James Simmons 
Elisha Simmons 
Henry Wood 
Lewis Henderson 
John T. Camp 

Thomas G. Turner — Excluded 
Robert Turner 
Wiliam Turner 
Rufus B. Turner — Excluded 
William Glass 
William Hames, Jr. 

— 4 

38. James Harris — Excluded 1856 

39. Columbus C. Scruggs 


Penelope Pope 
Sarah Watkins 
Milly Parris 

Catherine Scruggs (Robert Sr., Wife) 
Sarah Scruggs 

Elizabeth Scruggs (Drury's Wife) 
Susanna Williams 
Elizabeth Williams 
Ann Gosnell 
Temperance Williams 
Nancy Harris 
Sarah Green 
Nancy Amos 
Mary Cudd 
Luvina Cudd 
Rachel Price 
Arlenda McCraw 
Mary Brown 
Frances Cantrell 
Temperance Cantrell 
Mary Davis 

Charlotte Williams (Wilson) 
Maragret Blanton 
Susanna Byars (Rainy) 
Nancy Camp (Joshua's Wife) 
Temperance Amos (Hardin) 
Mary Camp (McKinney) 
Louisa Camp (McKinney) 
Lucy O. Beam 
Jane Byars 
Ally Wyatt 


1. Elizabeth Scruggs 

2. Penelope Pope — Died July 1850 

3. Sarah Watkins 

4. Katherine Scruggs 

5. Susannah Williams 

6. Elizabeth Williams 

V. Ann Gosnell — Died 1848 

8. Temperance Smith 

9. Nancy Amos 

10. Mary Cudd — Dismissed by letter 1863 

11. Rachel Price 

12. Arlinda McCraw — Dismissed by letter 1846 

13. Nancy Davis — Died 1847 

14. Frances Cantrell 

15. Charlotte Wilson 

16. Margaret Blanton — Dismissed by letter 1856 

17. Susanna Rains — Dismissed by letter 1855 

18. Nancy Camp 

19. M. C. C. J. McKinney 

20. Louisa McKinney, (Camp) 

21. Mary Covington 

22. Mary Wood 

23. Charlotte Turner 

24. Judith Turner (Webber) 

25. Nancy Scates — Died 1852 

26. lone Durham — Excluded 1852 

27. Eliza Wylie — Excluded 1852 

28. Elizabeth Reynolds 

29. Sarah Durham (Married Amos) 

30. Nancy Blackwell — Dismissed by letter 1852 

31. Lucentia (a slave) 

32. Catherine Raynes 

33. Mary Roberts (Married Durham) 

34. Temperance Harden — Dismissed by letter 1848 

35. lone Turner 

36. Dicy E. Harris (Married Moore) 

37. Sarah Covington 

38. Elvira Ramsey 

39. Nancy Harris 

40. Nancy Scruggs. 


The census of 1790 shows that Thomas Camp, Sr., was a 
resident of Rutherford County, North Carolina. 

Thomas Camp, Sr., Born 1717, was married twice. The first 
wife's name is unknown. His second wife was Margaret 
Carney or (Connel). 

Thomas Camp had a large family by his two wives, and 

during the Revolutionary war his sons of one wife fought 
on the side of the Colonies, while the sons of the other wife 
fought on the side of the King of England. 

These are the names of his twenty-two sons and two 
daughters, and the year of their birth: 

Edmund Camp born 1739 

Joseph Camp born 1741 

John Camp — born 1743 

Nathaniel Camp — born 1745 

Thomas Camp — born 1747 

Starling Camp — born 1749 

Hosea Camp — born 1751 

William Camp — born 1753 

Alfred Camp — born 1755 

Benjamin Camp — born 1757 

Elizabeth Camp — born 1759 

Joel Camp — born 1761 

Crenshaw Camp — born 1763 

James Camp — born 1765 

Daniel Camp — born 1766 

Lewis Camp — born 1768 

Adam Camp — born 1769 

Stephen Camp — born 1771 

Larkin Camp — born 1773 

Unicy Camp — born 1775 

Aaron Camp — born 1778 

Ruth Camp — born 1780 

George Camp — born 1782 

Joshua Camp — born 1786 
Thomas Camp, Sr., his youngest son, Joshua, and his wife, 
Nancy, and others of the Camp family of that period, are 
buried in a plot near Broad River which once belonged to 
the Camp plantation, but is now owned by Boyce W. Wilson. 
This cemetery is about IVz miles from present church site. 

As has been indicated, we have no record of the charter 
members of State Line Church, but we feel that there is a 
strong possibilty that some from this family helped to 
organize this church. A traditional story says that the 
second wife of Thomas Camp was baptized in Board River 
in a rocking chair (because of some infirmity.) 

This truth gives us a record on which to trace the decend- 
ants of this family though seven continuous generations of 
church membership in State Line Church. Claude Camp's 

children, who are now members of this church, are of the 
seventh generation from this family tree that has taken 
such deep roots in this church and has flourished as a palm 
tree by the water. 

Cynthia Moore, daughter of Ben G. Moore, is of another 
seventh generation with continuous membership in this 
church from the Camp family tree. 

Another family of children, who claim title to this seventh 
generation with unbroken membership in this church, are 
the children of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Collins, being defend- 
ants also of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Camp. 

The late Barlow Phillips' grandchildren are of the seventh 
generation also, but there is a misssmg link m unbroken 
church membership. 

Other descendants of the Camps who are still State Line 
Members are Mrs. Zeb MeCraw and her son, Gene. 

May the decendants of this pioneer family live on and on 
in the history of this church. 


Richard Scruggs I, settled in Rutherford County about 
1725. He had one son named Richard, and no daughters. 
Richard II had one son, named Richard also. Richard Scruggs 
III was about three years old when the battle of Cowpens 
was fought. Later he acquired a large tract of land, in- 
cluding the Cowpens battleground. He married Mary Dobbins 

Richard Scruggs III had issue as follows: Jessie, Robert, 
Drury, Mary, Tempy, and Sarah. 

Richard Scruggs III died in 1855 and is buried in a family 
plot which is now connected to New Pleasant Church 

Robert Scruggs Sr., son of Richard III was born June 19, 
1800, died December 7, 1890. He lived to be ninety years and 
five months of age. His wife was Catherine Connel. His issue 
was as follows: Dennis, Drury Sampson, James Agustus (or 
Uncle Black) and Richard Allen, (called Pity Dick). There 
were some girls. We shall mention only one, Mary, who 
married Green Parns. 

Two hundred and thirty-two years ago Richard Scruggs I 
settled in Rutherford County, N. C. Since we have no re- 
cord of the church rolls from 1794 to about 1846, we have 
no way of knowing if either of the Richards was a mem- 

ber of State Line Church. But the church minutes and the 
roll bear out the fact that two of Richard Ill's sons, Drury 
and Robert were members, also their children became mem- 
bers, and each folowing generation until today we have the 
young lady, Cynthia Moore, who is of the sixth generation 
from Robert and Drury Scruggs. 

In State Line Church today, there are a number of other 
decendants from Robert and Drury Scruggs: 

The late L. R. Scruggs 

Jim Scruggs 

Clyde Scruggs and children 

Mrs. George McCraw's daugthers 

Mrs. J. W. Hamrick 

Mrs. Earnest Parris, Her children and grandchildren 

The children and grandchildren of the late Mrs. Nettie 


Guy Scruggs and grandchildren 

Mrs. Ethel Moore, her children and grandchildren 

Gettys Scruggs and daughters 

Mrs. Paul Blanton 

Mrs. Lorena Phillips 

Mrs. Boyce Lee Parris and children 

Mrs. "Buz" Nolan and children 

All of "Uncle Swan Parris' decendants, since his moth- 
er was Mary Scruggs, a daugther of Robert Scruggs. 


Andrew Wray and his wife, Rhoda Davis Wray, were not 
members of the church when they made a donation of land 
to the State Line Baptist Church. They were converted dur- 
ing the revival of August 1854 and were baptized by Rev. 
William Curtis, L. L. D. 

They were the grandparents of Mrs. Luther Vassey, Mrs. 
Jesse Vassey, Mrs. Alice Ray Blanton, and Walter, and 
Bookter Ray. Their fruits live on in their many descendants 
in this church today. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Collins' children 
are of the fifth generation with continuous membership in 
State Line Baptist Church since Andrew and Rhoda Wray. 

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Wray are buried in the church 
cemetery, and their graves were without a marker until the 
spring of 1957 when their living descendants of this church 
and community decided to make a contrubution by placing 
a small marker to their graves which states their donation 
of land to the church and the year it was given. 

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This plat is filed in the courthouse at Spartanburg, South 
Carolina in Book F F. 

This plat represents three acres of land deeded by A 
(Andrew) Wray or (Ray) December 1st, 1850. That is the 
year the deed was registered but it was made to the church 
in 1840. 

3?J*e. I" CCHCJ- o^~ ^e^cC- 



Surveyed Dec- 1 , /S5? 



A native of the state of Maryland, Elder Camp was one of 
the old pioneer ministers of the Bethel and the Broad River 
Associations. The date of his birth is unknown. According 
to all reports he organized the Buffalo Baptist Church and 
became the pastor about 1772. Then, according to tradition, 
(in the absence of published records) he and the Buffalo 
Church helped to organize State Line Church. Some time 


previous to the organization of this church he baptized Drury 
Dobbins, and later Barryman Hicks, two who were later 
ordained by the State Line Church and who became pioneer 
ministers throughtout the Broad River Association, each per- 
forming a great ministry in the body of the Association 
during the pioneer days of this organization. 

Elder Camp, along with John Blackwell and Thomas 
Burgess, was appointed by the Broad River Association to 
do some missionary work among the churches in 1301. 

Elder Camp lived near the dividing line between the 
Carolinas; and his old homestead (in 1882) belonged to H. F, 
Ramsour, Esq., a worthy deacon of Buffalo Church. 

About the year 1808 Elder Camp emigrated to the state 
of Kentucky, and being advanced in life, he probably died 
soon after. He had a son, John, who became a preacher, 
came back to the Carolinas, and preached at some of the 
churches where his father had labored. 

Rev. Joseph Camp left numerous relatives in Cherokee, 
Cleveland, and Rutherford counties. 

Rev. Joel Blackwell 

The Rev. Joel Blackwell was a pioneer preacher of the 
Broad River Association. The date of his birth is not known, 
but he was a soldier of the Revolutionary War of 1776. He 
was supply preacher of State Line Church listed in the 
Bethel ninutes of 1797. 

By 1801 he was one of the prominent preachers of that 
day in the Broad River Association. 

He died about 1839 after having been a member and 
supply of Green River Church for almost forty years. He 
died, as he had lived, expressing great love and regard for 
his 'fellowman, and beloved by all whose opportunities in 
life enable them to make his acquaintance. There is a 
possibility that he helped to organize State Line Church 
where he served as supply for a number of years. 

Elder Joshua Richards 

Reported to be a native of North Carolina Elder Joshua 
Richards joined the Goucher Baptist Church by letter about 
1800, was chosen their pastor and served for about twenty 

He was a very plain man in his manners, a very efficient 
minister in his day. He delighted in singing his favorite 

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song, "Lead Me to the Rock That Is Higher Than I". 

He possessed a considerable amount of property and kept 
good horses, yet he did the most of his traveling on foot. 
He used to tell, in an amusing way, that the horse he rode 
(alluding to his walking stick) never scared or stumbled. He 
told how he rode that horse all the way to Florida and back, 
and the horse never ate or drank during the time, as he 
knew of. Moreover, the horse was very faithful in another 
respect; he would carry him into any man's yard, and if 
the dogs came at him, he would commence kicking and never 
stop until every dog was gone. In person, Joshua Richards 
was a very large man who possessed great physical strength. 

He lived to be about ninety years of age and was very 
useful as a minister. He served the following churches: 
Goucher, Providence, State Line and Bethesda. He supplied 
at State Line about 1829, 1830 and 1831. 

State Line is fortunate to have some of his descendants 
as members today. Mr. Buford Cash and son, Jerry. 


The first Baptist settlements in South Carolina were made 
in and around Charleston during the year 1603. 

Benedict, the Baptist historian says: "Of the early settlers 
of South Carolina, a considerable proportion were Baptist. 
They came in separate colonies, partly from the west of 
England and partly from the district of Maine". 

Of special interest to our own local history is the Broad 
River Associaiion. We shall trace the origin of, and consider 
the various movements which led up to the formation of 
this association. 

During the latter part of the first half of the seventeenth 
century the famous George Whitfield and some other emin- 
ent preachers, were sounding loud the trumpet of reform 
in old Virginia. Whitfield did not approve of the lax methods 
and doctrines taught an practiced in his day. Many approved 
of Whitfields' course, and about 1740 his followers began to 
organize separate reform societies. At first they were called. 
"New Lights" but afterwards "Separates". 

The separates were soon joined by Shubal Stearns, a na- 
tive of Boston, Mass., who became a preacher and labored 
among them until 1751, when he embraced Baptist principles, 

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as did a number of other Pedo Baptist Separates. 

Mr. Stearns was baptized into the fellowship of the Bap- 
tist church in Tolland, Conn., and ordained by this church 
to the ministry of the gospel. There he and his party moved 
into Virginia. While there, he received letters from some of 
his friends who had previously moved to North Carolina, in- 
forming him that preaching was greatly desired by the peo- 
ple of that part of the country; that in some instances they 
had ridden forty miles to hear one sermon. 

So Stearns and his party began to move again. After 
traveling about two hundred miles they came to Sandy 
Creek in Guilford County, North Carolina, where they took 
up their permanent abode 

Soon after their arrival, the party of sixteen persons 
formed themselves into a Baptist Church and chose Shubal 
Stearns as their pastor. It is from Sandy Creek, the first 
Separate Baptist church, that the Baptist of upper South 
Carolina descended. 

Another quote of Benedict: "Sandy Creek Church is the 
mother of all the Separate Baptists." The Separates were 
intensely zealous and pushed their conquest extensively in 
Virginia and the Carolinas. 

In the year 1758 the Sandy Creek assocation was formed 
composed of all the Separate Baptist churches in Virginia 
and North and South Carolina. In 1770 the churches of 
Virginia and South Carolina withdrew from the Sandy Creek 
Association to form separate associations. In 1771 the follow- 
ing churches — Fairforest, Stephen's Creek, Congaree, Bush 
River, Little River of Saluda, and Mine Creek— met and 
formed an association called the Congaree, which was the 
first association in the upper part of South Carolina, and 
the second one in the state, (Charleston was the first). But 
because of the old New England policy of tampering with the 
rights of the individual churches, the Congaree association 
soon became extinct. In 1789 many churches which belonged 
to the Congaree, and others which were organized later, 
came together and formed the Bethel Association. This body 
consisted of sixteen churches when organized. Work was 
done through the association to overcome their differences, 
and from that period the names "Separate'' and "Regular" 
fell into disuse, and all the Baptist in South Carolina, from 
what ever source they originated, were united in doctrine 
and in sentiment. 


State Line church became a member of this Bethel Associa- 
tion in 1797 and remained a member until 1800. 

By the year 1800 the bounds of the Bethel Association had 
become very extensive. The vastness of its territory and the 
massiveness of its gatherings soon convinced the brethren 
that another similar organization was desirable, so fourteen 
churches, situated in the Northwest corner of South Caro- 
lina, and adjoining parts of North Carolina— viz: Tiger 
River, Boiling Springs, Green Creek, Goucher Creek, Sandy 
Run, Buffalo, Green River, Cedar Springs 'French 
Broad, Mountain Creek, Bills Creek, State Line, Buck Creek, 
and Long Creek— were dismissed for the purpose of forming 
a new association. Shortly afterwards the above named 
churches, together with two new organizations, Silver Creek, 
and Coney River, met at Sandy Run Church in North Caro- 
lina and organized. To the new association they gave the 
name Broad River. ("The Pioneer Ministry of the Broad 
River Association", written by J. D. Bailey and published in 
the Broad River Association minutes of 1900.) 

Other highlights of the activities of the association: 
There was a tremendous stirring of spiritual life about 
1800 which resulted in an astonishing increase in numbers 
among the churches of the newly formed Broad River 
Association. The peak of this great revival was reached in 
1803, the membership having grown to double the original 

By 1806 there seemed to be a great spiritual declension; 
the love of many had waxed cold. 

On motion the association agreed to set the first day of 
January, 1807, as a day of fasting and prayer for a revival 
of religion. That year's report to the association showed that 
131 members had been dismissed from the churches, and the 
year 1808 showed a decrease of 334 memebrs, which was 
due to exclusions from the church because of disobedience 
to church rules. 

The report of 1813 shows that the churches of the associa- 
tion during that year had enjoyed a precious revival, 219 
being added by baptism. This 'revival was confined mostly to 
Buffalo, Sandy Run, and Providence Churches. Elder Drury 
Dobbins and Berryman Hicks held a series of meetings at 
these churches, aided by other ministers who preached the 
gospel faithfully to the large congregations that attended, 

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and the result was an extraordinary out pouring of God's 
spirit, and the ingathering as mentioned above. 

Rev. Berryman Hicks was at that time the eloquent 
"Apollos" of the Broad River Association. His manner of 
preaching was generally of an exhortatory character, and he 
did not often fail to make a good impression on his hearers. 
Rev. Drury Dobbins' manner was doctrinal and expository. 
Apparently he was called to feed the flock of Christ. While 
engaged in his true line of service, no one was ever more 
faithful to his duties. (Dobbins and Hicks were ministerial 
sons of State Line Church.) 

Broad River Association Notes: 

1816— This session of the Association was held at Sandy Run 
Church, and Luther Rice, an agent of the Foreign Mission 
Board preached a missionary sermon, and an offering was 
taken for missionary purposes. 

1824— The Broad River Association had been solicited to join 
the South Carolina State Convention, but by a vote of the 
body refused to join. The body agreed to discontinue the 
missionary sermon at the association for the purpose of 
taking up a collection for missions. November second was 
set as a day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer for God's 
blessings on the churches. 

In the early years of the associations there was an article 
called, "The Circular Letter.". Apparently it served a de- 
finite and useful purpose. Before the advent of the potent 
press the Baptist of the South were dependent, as a means 
of intercommunication upon "The Circular Letter", a kind 
of denominational paper read upon some important topic 
before each district association at its annual meetings. 
Queries from the different churches were addressed to the 
association. The most progressive and intelligent of the 
brethren were appointed to prepare such a letter in response 

to these doctrinal and moral issuses 


Logan states in his history of the Broad River and Kings 
Mountain Associations that State Line Church had become 
disbanded previous to 1824, and in that year a reconstruction 
of the church took place a short distance from where the 
original church was located, but this time in South Carolina. 

This re-organized body was admitted to the Broad River 
Association at the session of 1824, with a membership of 
twenty-nine, and with Zacheriah Blackwell as their pastor. 
The historical sketch of this church, given in the Broad 
River Association minutes of 1900, stated that Rev. Zacheriah 
Blackwell erected this building on his own land, doing most 
of the work himself. 

He had received a grant of 200 acres of land from the 
state office in January, 1795. He sold this tract of land, in- 
cluding the building, to Andrew Wray in 1827. In 1840, 
Andrew Wray made the church a deed to three acres of 
this land. The following is copied from deed book in Spartan- 
burg County Court House. "Know all — by these present 
that I, Andrew Wray of the district and State aforesaid, 
(S. C. Spartanburg County) do for the consideration of the 
sum of five dollars, in contribution to the building of a 
new meeting house near the present State Line Church 
grant unto present officers of said Church and their 
successors the use of water with the privilege of three square 
acres of land, including the spring, for the house and the 
spring, so long as the place is occupied by the present de- 
nomination as place of worship.'' 

"The officials of said church is to hold to themselves and 
successors free from any embarrassment or interference by 
any person or persons while occupied in the above named 

"In witness where of I set my hand and afix my seal this 
twentyth day of August 1840. Attest: J. N. Covington 
W. B. Godfrey". 

If this transaction was recorded in the church minutes, 
we have no record of it now, as the minutes for August 1840 
through June 1841 are lost. If they built the new meeting 
house, as the statement in the deed suggested, we have no 
record of it. The first record of building in the minutes was 
in 1852 when Judson P. Scruggs proposed to the church for 
consideration, building an addition to the church for the 
colored people. There upon, the church selected a committee 
of five to form the plan and draw up a subscription for the 
purpose of raising funds. Committee: James Phillips, Philip 
Watkins, John T. Camp, R. H. Hicks, and Elder D. Scruggs. 

There is no record of this addition being made to the 
building in the minutes, but those who can remember seeing 

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the old church say that it had an addition where the colored 
people sat, and they remember the building as being about 
forty by fifty feet including the addition. 

This building was framed and weatherboarded, no ceiling, 
no window lights, just wooden shutters, and no heat. It 
sat parallel with the road, with two doors in front and a 
door in each end. The pulpit was very nearly in the center 
of the building, facing the road. 

In 1875 the church decided to re-cover the building, com- 
mitting this to the following trustees: K. C. Watkins, Robert 
McCraw, W. Wood, Thomas Vassey, James Phillips. R. P. 
Scruggs was the low bidder for the job at $119.00. In 1878 
the church in conference, "Agreed to finish the house, repair 
the weather boarding, four new doors and frames, take out 
the partition, and key up the floor in the new end of the 
house, ceil the house all around and over head, 12 window 
panes to fit sash 10x12 and 12 panes of window, estimate 
$175.00." The following served on this committee: K. C. 
Watkins, James Phillips, R. McCraw, J. T. Wood, D. L. 
Vassey, Thomas Vassey, J. T. Vassey, A. H. Williams, D. S. 
Scruggs, E. C. Hames, Drury Scruggs, J. Green, Zebron 
Cantrell, K. T. Davis, Ira Phillips, R. Roberts, D. M. Ramsey, 
W. A. Huskey, Jason Blackwell, J. J. Price, Thomas Price, 
Herman Scruggs, Hood Jolley, Black Scruggs, Hardy Black- 
well, Joseph McCray, J. Moore, C. W. Moore, Junus Hicks, 
M. B. Scruggs, and D. Williams. 

The next mention of building was in 1887, when in con- 
ference the subject of building a new church was discussed 
and subscriptions up to $239.50 were raised, along with 500 
feet of weatherboarding by J. H. Crawford. There is no 
other report in the minutes concerning building until Septem- 
ber 1889, when Brother Robert McCaw proposed to give 
1000 feet of lumber to build a new church. Brother McCraw 
was appointed to see saw-mill men and get their prices. The 
following were appointed to solicit subscriptions: Ida 
Scruggs, Telula Davis, and Sister Watkins, Drury Scruggs, 
and W. A. Huskey. 

Then at a called meeting September 28, 1889, K. C. Wat- 
kins as Chairman, M. B. Scruggs as Secretary, on motion 
appointed a building committee as follows: Jas. Phillips, K. 
C. Watkins, R. McCraw, Philip Ray, J. T. McCraw, J. T. 
Vassey, C. W. Moore, and O. C. Hames. On motion they 

agreed on the size of the house as 36 feet by 46 feet, and 
then gave other details. No other report of these building 
committees and the plans of the church are recorded, but 
in January 1894 the clerk states that Brother June Hicks 
was appointed to have the church lot located, possibly as 
to stakes. Then in June 1895 another building committee was 
appointed, this time it was composed of J. T. McCraw, M. J. 
Hicks, and D. S. Scruggs. 

In April, 1896, the building committee was given permis- 
sion to give away the pine timber on the church lot, and that 
is all the report made, until December, when the building 
committee was given the privilege of selling the old church 

Nothing else is recorded about the new building until 
April, 1899, when the time was set for the dedication of the 
church in May. The following ministers were present: J. M. 
Bridges, A J. Bonner, W. G. P. Ezell, A. McMahan, J. T. 
Hord, and R. J. Tate. The clerk read a short history of the 
church but gave no report from 1794 to 1842, stating that 
they had no records of these years even then. 

A resolution of thanks to the building committee and con- 
tributors was given by Rev. A. J. Bonner. This can be seen 
in the church minutes. 

The dedicatory sermon was preached by Rev. J. M. Bridges, 
using Chapters 8 and 9 of I Kings. 

Misses Ethelene and Eula McCraw have the book that 
their father, J. T. McCraw used in keeping records while 
they were building this new church, showing where some 
gave timber and others material. One man even gave some 
tobacco. Some gave their services and were credited at the 
rate of fifty cents per day. 

This building, dedicated in May, 1899, is the original of the 
one used for worship services at present. Many improvements 
and alterations have been made, as we shall try to describe. 

In 1904 a committee was appointed to paint the church; 
namely, Rev. J. H. Smith, Ed Atkinson, W. P. Vassey, John 
Cooper, Jesse Vassey, and John W.' Camp. 

In 1911 new seats were purchased by the church, and 
painted by the W. M. S. 

In 1912 carpet was placed in church, but the minutes do 
not tell what part of the floor was covered. 

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In 1916 B. Ray, C. P. Green, J. G. Hames, C. F. J. Scruggs, 
and B. E. Gold were appointed to solicit subscriptions and 
serve as a committee to cover the church. Cedar shingles were 
used at a cost of about $250.00. 

In 1918 the church built Sunday School rooms, repainted 
the church, and built a baptismal pool of concrete across the 
road in front of the church. Details concerning the rooms 
were not given. The committee appointed for this was com- 
posed of C. Festus Blanton, C. P. Green, C. F. J. Scruggs, J. 
W. Camp, and O. W. Vassey. The Sunday School evidently 
soon outgrew this addition, for in the next year, 1919, cur- 
tains were purchased to section off more rooms in the 

In 1924 the church seats were repainted, and the aisles 
carpeted at a cost of $140.00. The committee serving on this 
project was comosed of F. C. Ramsey, G. G. Scruggs, C. H. 
Henderson, Mrs. C. F. J. Scruggs, Mrs. A. L. Hamrick and 
Mrs. C. A. Gold. During this same year the church was paint- 
ed on the inside at a cost of $127.00. We note an interesting 
contrast in the size of such committees then and now. The 
following 28 members served on this painting committee: C. 
J. McGinnis, Mr. and Mrs. B. T. Moore, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. 
Henderson, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Gold, Mr. and Mrs. O. W. 
Vassey, Mr. and Mrs. O. M. Green, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Green, 
Mr. and Mrs. X. Vassey, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hames, Mr. 
and Mrs. G. G. Scruggs, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Allen, Mr. and 
Mrs. R. O. Hames, Nora Blanton and Ada Hamrick. 

In 1928 we find the first record of insurance being taken 
out on the church property, but the amount was not stated. 

In 1933 Sunday School rooms were built on the plan of 
Camp's Creek Church. Details are not given, but the writers 
think this is the two-story addition at the rear of the present 
auditorium. Committee: F. C. Ramsey, L. R. Scruggs, J. W. 
Camp, J. R. Phillips, J. W. Parris, Gettys Scruggs, C. A. 
Gold, J. I. Jackson, Boyd Vassey, and Carvus Hames. 

In 1935 the church was wired for electricity. During the 
same year the "stage" was enlarged under the supervision of 
B. T. Moore, J. I. Jackson, and Paul Blanton. 

In 1939 the church traded land on the west side of the 
church for the same amount the east side of the cemetery in 
order to enlarge the cemetery space. Also in 1939, a hot air, 

central-heating system was installed in the church at a cost 
of $177.60. The committee for this project was Arthur Collins, 
B. T. Moore, and C. A. Gold. 

In 1941 doors were opened behind the Sunday School rooms. 

In 1943 new "church type" windows and doors were in- 
stalled, the cost and building committee were not named. 
Also in 1943 the appearance of the pulpit was greatly im- 
proved by the hanging of velvet drapes behind the pulpit. 
These were donated by Rev. and Mrs. Foy Martin. 

In 1944 the following improvements were made: "1. The 
church interior wall were covered with sheet-rock, and the 
ceiling with ceil-tex. 2. Benches were repainted, floor oiled, 
rostrum painted, and doors fixed to be locked. 3. A concrete 
walk and platform were made at the side door facing the 
cemetery. 4. Racks were placed on seats for song books. 5. 
Gutters were placed over doors. 6 A tree was cut at the 
corner of the church, and also one in the cemetery. 7. 
Collection plates and Lord's Supper cups were bought." The 
committee for these improvements was James Jolley, Boyce L. 
Parris, Paul Ramsey, Elford Willingham, and Gettys Scruggs. 

In 1945 a concrete retaining wall was bulit on the lower 
side and in front of the church yard. These were removed 
later when the educational building was built. 

In 1948 new hardwood floors were built in the auditorium; 
new oak pews were purchased and arranged in two sections 
instead of three; new oak pupit furniture replaced the old; 
the church interior was repainted; the pulpit was raised 30 
inches from the floor; the chair section was moved to left 
side, facing the pupit; the west side door and one front door 
were closed; and a gas heating system was installed in the 
auditorium, (coal furnace was still being used in Sunday 
School department). The committee and the cost of these 
improvements are not given. 

In 1949 the church grounds were levelled, and concrete 
walks were poured. 

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In 1950 the church completed the baptistry behind the 
pulpit. The lovely oil painting in the baptistry was painted 
by Mrs. George R. Moore of Shelby, N. C. and was donated 
to the church by Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Ramsey, During the same 
year the W.M.U. installed carpet in the aisles, in front of 
the church, and in the pupit. 

In 1955 two large ventillating fans were installed in the 
church, adding much to the summer comfort of the auditor- 

The pastorium was completed in 1924. This building is 
located on a two acre lot on highway 221 in South Carolina 
about y 2 mile from the church. George Hames gave one acre 
of the land, and the church bought one acre from Mr. 
Hames. The pastor's study is also on this lot. 

In 1952 the fellowship building was erected at the rear of 
the church at a cost of $3500. This building is constructed 
of concrete blocks, with concrete floor. The interior is of a 
rustic nature with a large open fireplace to add to its 
attractiveness. Over the fireplace is an oil painting of the 
Last Supper painted by Joe Scruggs, son of C. F. J. Scruggs. 
This building contains a large dining hall, kitchen, and two 
rest rooms. The building committee was composed of Elford 
Willingham, Frank Cantrell, and Gettys Scruggs. 

In 1945 the church bought the old State Line School build- 
for $500.00. At present this is being used for the caretaker's 

In 1955 a committee composed of C. A. Gold, Boyce L. 
Parris, and M. A. Stranes was appointed for the present 
Educational Building. This 2% story building is constructed 
of brick over block, with tile floors. It has six assemblies, 
18 class rooms, nusery and beginner departments. It was 
built at a cost of $32,000.00. The ground-breaking ceremony 
was held December 4, 1955, and the dedication ceremony on 
August 19, 1956, with Rev. Jeta P. Baker preaching the 
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The first record we find in our church minutes about a 
protracted meeting is for December 1843. 

The meeting began on Monday, Christmas Day, Brother 
Alson Padgett opened the service followed by Brother Thomas 
Dixon, and it was concluded by Brother Drury Scruggs. 
Then the church was called into conference and agreed for 
the meeting to continue. 

Tuseday, the meeting was opened by Brother Linsey, using 
as his text Hebrew 10:14, followed by Brother Thomas Dixon 
and Elder D. Scruggs who preached from John 11:25. On 
Wednesday, the first message was by Brother Alson Padgett, 
preaching from Zach. 13:7. He was followed by Brother T. 
Dixon, whose text was Rev. 6th Chapter and last verse. 
With the church in conference, the meeting was closed. 

As a usual thing the protracted meeting was held in July 
or August for a week or ten days sometimes even longer. 

In some cases we find the church clerk made out a day 
by day report of these meetings. 

In preparation for the meeting the church in conference 
about two months before time, would advise the clerk to 
write a number of preachers and invite them to attend. In 
1852 invitations were extendend to ten revivalist preachers 
of that day. 

For this "protracted" the following preachers were pres- 
ent: D. Scruggs, S. Morgan, J. S. Ezell, Josiah Durham, Jos- 
eph Suttle, Robert Poston, and J. M. Webb. 

The daily schedule was as follows: They met at ten o'clock 
for prayer meeting, conducted by one of the preachers, and 
followed with a message by another preacher, after which 
they had an intermission of an hour or more. 

In the afternoon they had a sermon by another one of the 
preachers; then they usually adjourned, until the next day. 
During this particular meeting they met one night at early 
candle light and Brother Robert Poston preached from I 
Kings 10:7, "Behold the half was not told me." During this 
meeting of 1852 there were forty-three persons making a 
profession of faith who were baptized; some of them have 
descendants in the church today, after one hundred and five 

We mention here the names of four who were baptized: 
John T. Camp, James and Myra Simmons and Susan Wood 
who later was Susan Hambrick. As this was during slavery 
time there were three negro slaves baptized, who became 
members of this church. 

During the protracted meeting of 1854 the following 
ministers participated in the services: J. S. Ezell, Dr. Thomas 
Curtis, William Curtis, LLD, D. Scruggs, T. J. Campbell, 
S. Morgan and B. Bonner This meeting lasted for nine days; 
twenty-two were baptized, and five were received by letter 
making a total of twenty-seven. We notice four out of this 
number that we know have many descendants in State Line 
Church at the present date, 1957. They are Robert Scruggs, 
Sr., James Phillips, and Andrew and Rhoda Wray. 

Another thing of interest in connection with this meeting 
was the funeral of William and Susanna Dobbins,, parents 
of Rev. Drury Dobbins. This funeral was preached on Sun- 
day, August 20, 1854, by the Rev. J. S. Ezell and Drury 
Scruggs. Mr. and Mrs. William Dobbins were, from all re- 
ports, charter members of State Line Church, but later 
must have moved their memebership, as their names are 
not on the rolls around 1846. 

In the "Protracted" of 1858 seven ministers took part in 
the services: D. Scruggs, J. M. McCraw, J. S. Ezell, T. J. 
Campbell, G. W. Rolins, B. Bonner, and P. R. Elam. We 
feel sure these men of God had a wonderful experience of 
Christian fellowship together, as well as enjoyment in 
"breaking the bread of life unto the people". 

John R Logan in is associational history tells a favorite 
story of old Brother B. Bonner, one that he always repeated 
at the different meetings. The story went something like 
this. He, with a number of other ministers had been in a 
protracted meeting for three weeks at the same church. The 
supply of "Creature Comforts" which had thoughtfully been 
provided in anticipation of a "long-winded" meeting had 
become well nigh exhausted. 

The stock of poultry in the vicinity of that church was 
said to be reduced to a guinea, an old rooster, and a drake. 
The guinea, relying on the strength and elasticity of his 
wings to save himself, selected the top of a high tree as his 
perch, while the rooster betook himself to the upper story 
of the barn, and the drake went into hiding underneath the 

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floor of the barn. Concealed thus for several days, suffering 
in the meantime for subsistance, and being extremly anxious 
for something like an Armistice, or cessation of hostilities, 
the guinea at the risk of his life began crying, "Protracted, 
Protracted, Protracted.*' 

The rooster hearing the cry of the guinea emerged from 
his concealment, flew up into the window of the barn and 
at once made inquiry by crowing, "Are they gone, are they 
gone"? Then the drake, aroused from his carefully selected 
hiding place, by the voice of his fellow bipeds, and being 
more cautious than either of them, ventured to the eve of 
his well-concealed position and with thought of his inevit- 
able destruction, bade them, "Hush, Hush, Hush!" 

No doubt there is much truth in old uncle B. Bonner's 
story. Imagine, if you can, a three weeks' revival with 
several visiting preachers and host of relatives and friends 
such as were accustomed to gather together for the pro- 
tracted meetings in those days. Remeber too, these were 
days before refrigeration and many other conveniences 
which we have today. 

Now, for the protracted meeting of 1873 when fifty souls 
were converted and baptized by Rev. A. A. McSwain. The 
visiting ministers were A. D. Davidson, W. A. Gidney, and 
T. J. Campbell. 

We are unable to trace the family tree of but two who 
joined in this meeting with decendants in this church today. 
They were Alfred Harris and Drury Sampson Scruggs, 
known and remembered by many as "Uncle Samp Scruggs." 
In the following year. 1874, Calvin Moore was converted 
and baptized, He will long be remembered as "Uncle Cal", 
who lives on through the B. T. Moore family. 

We have given some of the facts about the revivals of the 
early years of our church history, but permit us to combine 
our imagination with the facts we have, as we try to describe 
an old time revival service. 

First we see the people coming to church for miles 
around, most of them walking; only a few had horses to 
ride. At first there were no wagons, or buggies in which to 

Those who walked, so we have been told, carried their 
shoes until they were near the church; then they dusted off 

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their feet and put on their shoes, but pulled them off 
again when they started home. This was done to preserve 
their shoes, which were homemade, but all they had, for 
times were very hard. The people were not able to buy 
more, should they wear them out. 

Their clothes too, were home spun made from cloth 
woven by hand on the spinning wheels and looms in their 

In coming to church these people often gathered into 
groups along the roads, which were no more than trails, 
leading to the place of worship. From all reports, we think 
these people were happy, and for the most part content, 
for they had never known the luxuries of life as we are 
blessed with today. 

The fellowship they had as they walked along together, 
enabled them to become better acquainted with each other. 
They shared each other's problems, along with their bless- 
ings, as they journeyed on their way to the house of the 

No doubt by the time they reached the "meeting house", 
many of them were tired, from the walk of several miles, 
but I suspect some were already rejoicing in their soul be- 
cause they had talked along the way of Jesus and his love. 

The services began at ten o'clock with a prayer service 
conducted by one of the visiting preachers or brothers 
of the church. In those days they had no musical instru- 
ments, but they had men appointed to lead the singing, 
called singing clerks. These clerks would call out the hymn, 
read a stanza, give them the pitch, and all would begin to 
harmonize together. Many of them knew the "doe rae, me's". 
How sweet the music as each part fits into melody, and 
lifts their souls unto God in song! Listen! Can't you hear 
them as they sing the old song of Zion! 

My soul be on thy guard; 

Ten thousand foes arise 

The hosts of sin are pressing hard, 

To draw thee from the skies. 

O Watch and fight and pray, 
The battle ne'er give o'er, 
Renew it boldly ev'ry day, 
And help divine implore. 

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Ne'er think the victory won, 

Nor lay the armour down; 

Thy arduous work will not be done, 

Till thou obtain thy crown. 

(Chrisitan Harmony Hymns) 

After this sacred inspiring old hymn, we hear one of the 
brethern lift his voice unto God in prayer, and as he talks to 
God, your soul just seems to be lifted up, and you feel that 
God is near. Listen! as they again blend their voices in 
heavenly music, and sing 

The hills of Zion yields 

A thousand sacred sweets, 

Before we reach the heav'nly fields, 

Or walk the golden streets. 

Then let our songs abound, 

And ev'ry tear be dry; 

We're marching through Immanuels' ground, 

To fairer worlds on high. 

Christian Harmony 

By this time we hear some of the "sainted" brethern and 
sisters begin to lift their voices in shouts of praise unto 
God; the congregation continues to sing and rejoice and 
fellowship together in the good "spirit of the Lord". 

Then one of the ministers, often called Elders in that day, 
begins to conduct the prayer service; he takes up the word 
of God and reads a passage of scripture from Hebrews, the 
tenth chapter, and makes his remarks from the portion where 
it says, speaking of Christ; "For by one offering he hath 
perfected forever them that are sancitified, whereof the Holy 
Ghost also is a witness to us; for after that he had said be- 
fore, this is the covenant that I will make with them after 
those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their 
hearts and in their minds will I write them; and their sins 
and iniquities will I remember no more." (Heb. 10) 

After this message they gave way for a testimony meeting 
allowing anyone who cared to the privilege of testifying to 
the saving grace of God, and to their experience as a 


With such inspirational thoughts as these, that Christ had 
made the supreme sacrifice, "Once for all," that the Holy 
Spirit bears witness with our heart that these things are 
true, that we are heirs and joint heirs with Christ, and that 
our sins and iniquities God will remember no more, many 
would respond and conclude with words of praise and grati- 
tude for their many blessings. 

Following this service we come to the hour for the morn- 
ing sermon. Let us again try to imagine that Rev. Drury 
Dobbins, one of State Line's "Preacher Boys" ordained 
about 1802, is the speaker of the hour, using his favorite 
text, Psalm 48:12-14. 

Listen, reverently as he opens the book so sacred to his 
heart and begins to read: "Walk about Zion, and go round 
about her: Tell the towers thereof. Mark ye well her bul- 
warks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the 
generation following. For this God is our God forever and 
ever: he will be our guide even unto death." 

Logan in speaking of Brother Dobbins says, that while 
decanting upon these lines of holy writ he would ask his 
congregation to imagine themselves literally walking 
around the city of Jerusalem in solemn procession, and 
while they joyfuly praised and blessed the Lord, to mark 
well the towers, walls and palaces, observing that not one 
of them had been in the least injured by formidable in- 
vaders. This would tend to impress their minds and prepare 
them faithfully and deligently to preserve the memory of 
these interesting events for the benefit of future genera- 

As Brother Dobbins brings his message to a climax, 
he tells the weary traveler, of the heavenly home and bids 
the wandering soul to come to the Lord and find rest unto 
his souL 

While this invitation is given the congregation sings: 

Come weary souls with sin distressed 
Come, and accept this promised rest; 
The Saviour's gracious call obey, 
And cast your gloomy fears away. 


Opprest with sin, a painful load, 
O, come and spread your woes abroad; 
Devine compassion, mighty love 
Will all the painful load remove. 

Here Mercy's boundless ocean flows, 
To cleanse your guilt and heal your woes; 
Pardon and life and endless peace; 
How rich the gift! How free the grace! 

Christian Harmony Hymns 

While the congregation continues to sing, and the preacher 
pleads with those out of fellowship with God, to come and 
confess their sin and get right with God, anxious mothers 
and fathers step out and go seeking their sons and daughters 
in an effort to lead them to Christ. The Holy Spirit is 
witnessing. Sons and daughters are moving out and coming 
to the front to the "old time mourners' bench" where sins 
were confessed unto God. 

The Holy Spirit did his office work, souls were redeemed 
from a life of sin, and a new song was born in the hearts 
of the young children of God. They were then able to sing 
the song of the redeemed; 

Amazing grace! how sweet the sound, 
That saved a wretch like me! 
I once was lost, but now am found, 
Was blind, but now I see. 

John Newton 

Heaven is made to rejoice over the salvation of these. The 
service is dismissed with prayer for an intermission of one 
hour, after which there will be another service in the after- 
noon. During the intermission the people eat the little lunch 
they brought with them, they refresh themselves with a 
cool dring of water from the spring, they fellowship with 
one another, and some do personal work, seeking to win the 
lost to Christ. 

Often the men would gather in a group in the grove be- 
hind the church praying and seeking God's devine blessings 
upon the service. The women would meet in another group 
out toward the cemetery and have special prayer for the 
service. In the afternoon service after singing and prayer, 

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a sermon was delivered by one of the ministers and some- 
times another followed with exhortation, pleading with the 
people to prepare to meet God, giving them an opportunity 
to get right with the Lord as the invitation was given. This 
brings the service to a close for the day, as they adjourn to 
meet again tomorrow at ten o'oelock. 

And now they were homeward bound after five or more 
hours at the church for service.— To many of them it was 
the happiest day of their lives. Perhaps many a trail to the 
little cabin homes rang out with such song as, "A Sinner 
Like Me." 

I was once far away from the Savior, 
And as vile as a sinner could be, 
I wonder'd if Christ, the Redeemer, 
Could save a poor sinner like me. 

I Wandered on in the darkness, 

Not a ray of light could I see, 

And the thought filled my heart with sadness, 

There's no hope for a sinner like me. 

And then in that dark lonely hour, 
A voice sweetly whispered to me, 
Saying, Christ the Redeemer has power 
To save a poor sinner like me. 

I listened, and Lo! 'Twas the Saviour 
That was speaking so kindly to me; 
I cried, I'm the chiefest of sinner, 
Thou canst save a poor sinner like me. 

I then fully trusted in Jesus, 
And oh, what a joy came to me, 
My heart was filled with his praises, 
For saving a sinner like me. 

No longer in darkness I'm walking, 
For the light is now shinning on me, 
And now unto others I'm telling, 
How he saved a poor sinner like me. 

And when life's journey is over, 
And I the dear Saviour shall see, 
Til praise him for ever and ever, 
For saving a sinner like me. 

(Christian Harmony) 

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The church minutes for some of the earlier years just 
state, "Then they met at the water for the ordinance of 

Following the protracted meeting of 1358 they met at the 
pool where P. D. Elam baptized eight candidates. 

This pool we have been told was made just below the 
spring where the branch could be turned into it to fill it 
with water. 

Rev. Elam was not the pastor. He was one of the seven 
visiting preachers during this revival. 

The clerk makes mention of the pool again in 1860, and 
at other times just states, "At the water" or "At the usual 
place" for the ordinance of baptism. 

Then in 1870 and 1874 they met at W. P. Moore's mill 
pond, for the baptismal service. (This was uncle Billie 
Moore, B. T. Moore's grandfather.) 

Also in 1874 and 1877 they baptized in Robert McCraw's 
gin pond, and that place has been pointed out as being 
near the present home of 0. G. Potter. 

Then in 1897 and until about 1910 the ordinance of bap- 
tism was performed at W. S. Parris' fish pond. This was 
"Uncle" Swan Parris to many who still remember him. 
One time during the eary part of the nineteen hundreds 
the baptismal service was held near the bridge on Broad 
River via Cliffside. 

During those days the people traveled by foot, horseback, 
wagons, buggies, and carriages, but the services were al- 
ways attended by large crowds. Many will remember the 
times the baptismal services were held on the branch be- 
hind the school house on the old road which is in pasture 

Then there were ponds built below the spring used in 
1914 and 1915 and even in 1933. 

For some few years a pool was used underneath the pulpit 

Then there was a cement pool constructed below the 
school house on the road leading to the church. This pool 
was furnished by water from the school well, using an 
electric pump. 

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This brings us up to the present baptistry in our church, 
which is described in the chapter, "The Church Reorganiz- 







53 baptisms 
22 baptisms 
20 baptisms 
51 baptisms 

39 baptisms 
12 baptisms 
11 baptisms 
16 baptisms 

40 baptisms 
16 baptisms 



W. P. Robinson, pastor, C. C. Matheney, 

19 baptisms 

20 baptisms 
29 baptisms 
13 baptisms 
42 baptisms, 

14 baptisms, 
43 baptisms, 

pastor; Herbert Parris, 

J. J. Boone, 

15 baptisms, J. J. Boone, pastor; J. R. Cantrell, 

J. N. Watson, pastor 
Eugene Coker, pastor; H. I. Baker, 

24 baptisms, Marvin Dameron, pastor 

16 baptisms, Jeta Baker, pastor 


According to all reports, the churches throughout the 
associations in the early days of our church histories, be- 
lieved in and practiced church discipline. 

The church minutes reveal that State Line was no ex- 
ception to this rule. 

Charges of disorder were brought against members for 
the folowing acts: "drinking too much ardent spirits, using 
profane language, stealing, gambling, fighting, fornication, 
adultery, having illigitimate children, distilling ardent 
spirits, and possibly a few other things. 


The male members were required to attend all monthly 
conference meetings. If they missed as many as two con- 
ferences, brethren were appointed to notify them to be 
present for the next meeting. If they failed to attend, or 
give a reasonable excuse, they were considered "ripe" for 
exclusion; likewise when any charge of disorder was against 
them, unless they made a satisfactory statement to the 
church, they were excluded from the fellowship of the 
church. In cases where they were excluded for drinking, it 
seems they were not excluded for being guilty of the sin of 
drinking "strong drinks'' but for drinking "too much ardent 
spirits.." Those were the days when a little "toddy" was 
popular. Even some church leaders felt it all right to drink 
their dram. Ardent spirits were thought to be a good medi- 
cine, which many homes were never without, but as the 
people became more enlightened in the work of God, they 
began to walk more in the Spirit of God, and less under the 
influence of ardent spirits. Lest we judge them too harshly 
for their mistakes, we want to make a comparison of their 
day with our own. 

During the days of government distilleries a charge was 
brought against one brother for running a government still 
and making whiskey. 

Brethren were appointed to cite him to attend the next 
conference to answer to the charge. This was his reply: "As 
long as the government endorses what I am doing, I shall 
continue as I am." 

The church considered him ripe for excommunication from 
the felowship of the church. 

Today we need to beware lest Satan use the same methods 
to gain a foothold in our churches. Again the government 
of these United States is endorsing the sale of whiskey, also 
beer and wine, with liquor stores wide open on our main 
streets, and flashy advertisements beckoning to young and 
old, stressing the popularity of these same old ardent spirits 
which they have clothed with new names. Today immorality, 
like a dreadful disease, is sweeping the land breeding cor- 
ruption and crime. 

Many today are following the things of the world, and 
walking in spiritual darkness, heeding not the light. Some 
of them are church members who are bringing shame and 

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disgrace upon the church and reproach upon the name of 

Seemingly they are ignorant or unmindful of the word of 
God which plainly states, "For which things' sake the wrath 
of God cometh on the children of disobedience." (Col. 3:6) 

"Church beware! The course of evil 

Begins so slowly, and from such slight source, 

An infant's hand might stem the breach with clay; 

But let the stream get deeper, and philosophy, 
Aye, and religion too, shall strive in vain 
To turn the head long current." 



In the church minutes very little reference is made to the 
ordinance of the Lord's supper. 

It seems that either the church or the clerk had some dif- 
ficulty in knowing the right name for this service. Notes 
from minutes: 

1842 July Meeting: The clerk states that the church agrees 
to hold communion at the next monthly meetmg. 

At the August meeting the church adopted a rule to have 
communion twice a year, in March and September. 

In 1844 it is called the ordinance of the Lord's Supper. 

Then in the 1850 February conference, the church agreed 
to postpone indefinitely the sacrament at the meetings. 

In 1851 the April Sunday meeting celebrated the Lord's 

In 1852 at one monthly meeting the sacrament was taken. 

Lest we forget the early custom of observing the Lord's 
Supper we shall try to describe it as it has been told to us. 

The women of the church for the most part sat on one 
side of the church. The men sat on the other side; the 
young people and children sat in the center pews. 

They used about two glasses for the wine. One was passed 
among the men and one among the women, each taking a 


sip when it came his turn. The bread, without leavening, 
was baked by some of the women. 

It was not until the early nineteen hundreds that the 
church began using individual glasses for the wine and soda 
crackers for the bread. 


James Milton Webb 

Born in Rutherford County, N. C. 1802. James Webb was 
licensed and ordained by High Shoals Church about 1835. 

The church minutes show him as a visiting preacher at 
State Line on many occassions. 

He died in 1854. 

Wade Hill 

Born in Rutherford County, N. C. 1813. Wade Hill was 
baptized in 1837 and in one month from date of baptism he 
preached his first sermon. 

His ministry was in the Kings Mountain, Green River, and 
Broad River Associations. 

He served as a missionary with others in the bounds of the , 
Broad River Association. 

He was never pastor of State Line Church, but he was 

present as an evangelist for some of the revivals. 

J. Kirkindol 

Rev. J. Kirkindol was pastor of Buck Creek Church from 
1842 - 1845. 

During these years we notice in our church minutes that 
he had part in some of the services, but only as a visiting 

Alson Padgett 

Alson Padgett was born in Rutherford County, N. C, in 
1800. He joined the church at High Shoals. He was licensed 
by that church in 1843 and ordained to the ministry in 1844. 
We find him listed as having part in the service at State 
Line as early as 1841 and until 1849. He was not the pastor 
at any time, but during those years they often had two and 
three ministers preach on the monthly meeting day. 

Elder Joseph Suttle 

Born in 1827 a native of Rutherford County, N. C. Joseph 
Suttle was licensed to preach by Concord Church, and was 
ordained in 1850. 

He is listed as being a visiting 
several occassions. 

preacher at State Line on 

William Bryson Padgett 

William Padgett was born about 1820. 

Not much is known about him other that that he was 
pastor of Boiling Springs, N. C, Camp's Creek, and Bethle- 
hem Churches. 

He preached at six monthly meetings during 1846 at State 
Line and once again in 1849. 

Robert Poston 

Born about 1825 in Cleveland County, N. C. Robert Poston 
was baptized by Drury Dobbins, and ordained in 1852 at 
Double Springs Church. 

He pastored Zion and Sandy Plains. He was one of the 
evangelists at the protracted meeting at State Line in 1852. 
He is buried at Zion Church. 

Josiah D. Durham 

Josiah Durham was born in 1801, a native of Rutherford 
County, N. C. He joined the church at Sandy Run, and 
was under the pastoral care of Elder Drury Dobbins. 

He was ordained to the ministry in 1839, and the minutes 
of State Line church show that he preached there on several 

Thomas Dixon 

Born December 24, 1820, in York County. Thomas Dixon 
was ordained to the ministry in 1844. He was instrumental 
in founding several churches. 

He was a zealous revivalist and successful pastor. 

He had the care of three or more churches, to whom he 
preached once a month. 

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He pastored Buffalo, New Prospects, New Bethel, 
Antioch, and Sandy Run. He was first moderator of the 
Kings Mountain Association. 

He was one of the evangelists at State Line for the 1843 

Thomas King Pursley 

Thomas Pursley was born 1814, a native of York County. 
He was ordained to the ministry about 1838 by the Antioch 

He married a daughter of Elder Spencer Morgan. 

Elder Spencer Morgan 

Elder Morgan was licensed to preach by the Providence 

He was odained about 1833; he married Miss Nancy 

Both Elders Pursley and Morgan are listed as being at I 
State Line on many different occasions for monthly services, 
and during pratracted meetings throughout the years from 
1844 — 1854. 

The historical sketch of State Line Church in the Associa- 
tion minutes of 1900 lists Pursley as a former pastor. We 
find no record of this in the church minutes nor the associa- 
tion minutes year by year report from State Line Church. 

C. E. William Linsey 

C. E. W. Linsey was licensed by Cross Roads Church in 
1834 and odained in 1835. The first mention of Linsey is 
being at State Line was during the 1843 revival meeting. We 
find no record of his being pastor of this church. 
Philip Ramsour Elam 

Born March 1833 in Cleveland County. Philip Elam was I 
licensed to preach by the New Bethel Church in 1854. 

He was one of the visiting preachers for the revival of 

Alexander Jacob Cansler 

Alexander Cansler was born in 1825 in Lincoln County. 

He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina 

For a number of years he published a paper in Shelby, 
North Carolina. 

He was ordained to the ministry in 1851. 

His diary shows he baptized 3,000 during his ministry. 

He was visiting speaker at State Line a few times. 

Bryant Bonner 

Byrant Bonner was born in 1817, a native of Spartanburg 
County. He married Miss Hannah Foster about 1836. 

For many years he was a delegate to the Broad River 
Association from Buck Creek Church. 

He was ordained to the ministry in the year of 1855. 

His name is found on the minutes of State Line Church 
as a visiting preacher on many occasions; especially is this 
true during revivals. There is no record of his ever being 
pastor in our church minutes, but he was pastor of Goucher 
Creek, and Macedonia. 

Dr. E. A- Crawley, 

Was guest speaker in the year 1864. 

Thomas Jefferson Campbell 

Born in 1821, a native of Amherst, Virginia, Thomas Camp- 
bell was converted after moving to North Carolina, and was 
baptized by Elder S. Morgan. 

He married Mrs. Elizabeth J. Hicks, nee Elizabeth J. 

He was ordained to the ministry and possibly was supply 
of Corinth by 1850, as he was from that church at the 
association that year. 

Beginning with the year 1854 we find his name on the 
church minutes as a visiting minister several times. 

G«orge Washington Rollins 

George Rollins was born in 1828, a native of Cleveland 
County, N. C. 

He was ordained in 1851 as a licentiate at Mount Pleasant 
Church. During the year of 1855 and other years he helped 
in the protacted meetings at State Line. 

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John Gill Landrum 

Born in 1810 near Nashville, Term., John Gill Landrum 
was the son of the Rev. Merimon Landrum and nephew of 
the Rev. Thomas Ray of Union County, S. C. 

J. G. Landrum became an outstanding preacher of Spartan- 
burg County. It is said, that to him more than to any one 
else the Spartanburg Baptist Church owes its origin. 

He was a trustee of Furman University and Limestone 
College. Rev. Landrum was at State Line during the 1860 
protracted meeting at which time he delivered several 
messages, one of which was the ordination sermon of Rev. 
Thomas L. Scruggs. 

William Curtis, L. L. D. 

William Curtis the son of Elder Thomas Curtis, D.D., was 
born in CumbuwelL Enland in 1817. He was baptized into 
the fellowship of the Baptist Church in 1832. 

He was ordained to the ministry by the Baptist Church 
of Columbia, S. C. after which he became pastor of that j 

He and his father purchased land at the Limestone Springs - 
in 1845 where they later established the Limestone Female : 
High School. He became a member of the Broad River 
Association at a time when a large majority of its members 
opposed missions. This was mortifying to Dr. Curtis, but he 
was untiring in any good work. 

In 1847 a society was organized at Limestone Springs by 
William Curtis, his father and a few other brethren, which 
was called, "The Broad River Society" to aid in the spread . 
of the gospel. 

Through the noble efforts of this society the missionary 
spirit increased and darkness gave way to the light of the - 

Some years later this society was merged into the Broad 
River Association. Through the efforts of him and his father, ; 
Limestone Church was constituted. He served that church 
for more than fifteen years as pastor. 

He was pastor of State Line four years, 1854 through 1857. 

Then again he served for one year in 1864. 

He died in 1873 and was buried in Liberty County, Georgia. 

Thomas Curtis, D. D. 

Thomas Curtis was born in 1787, at Wisbeach, Cambridge- 
hire, England. He was ordained and served as minister in 
England, before coming to the U.S. He was one of the editors 
of the first parts of the "Encylopedia — Metropolitana." 

When he first came to America, he settled in the state of 
Maine, where Bowdoin College conferred upon him the title 
of "Doctor of Divinity." 

He pastored in Macon, Ga. in 1838 and by 1841 was pastor 
at Charleston, S. C. From there he went to Limestone 
Springs where he and his son founded the Limestone 
Female High School in 1845. 

Dr. Thomas Curtis preached at State Line on serveral 
occasions during the ministry of his son at this church. 

Joseph M. Williams 

Joseph Williams was born October 1, 1827 in Cleveland 
County, N. C, and was ordained to the ministry in 1858. 

He married Miss Martha Young of York County, S. C. 

He was pastor of State Line three years: 1865, 1866, and 

He was moderator of the Broad River Association in 1877. 
He pastored Arrowood and possibly other churches. 

Asa A. McSwain 

Born March 10, 1832 in Cleveland County, Asa McSwain 
was ordained to the ministry of the gospel in 1857, a 
ministerial son of Sandy Run Church. He married Miss 
Elizabeth Comwell in 1862. 

He pastored the following churches: Double Springs, 
Sandy Run, Pleasant Hill, Beaverdam, Bethlehem, Mount 
Paran, State Li n e, and Arrowood. He served as pastor at 
State Line in 1873, beginning in May and serving the re- 
mainder of the year. 

A. D. Davidson 

Ordained at Floyd's Creek Church at the request of State 
Line Church, in July of 1874, A. D. Davidson served as pas- 
tor of State Line Church the remainder of the year 1874 and 
the year 1875. 

He married Miss Carrie Vassey, daughter of Mr. David 
Vassey and settled near Gaffney, S. C. Mrs. Davidson is 


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now (1957) a patient in the Baptist Hospital in Columbia, S.C. 
Rev. Davidson became the first pastor of Beverdam Church 
when organized in 1880. He also pastored the following 
churches: Corinth, Macedonia, Goucher Creek, Bethesda, 
Pacolet No. 1, and Mt. Ararat. 

J. G. Carter 

J. G. Carter was born July 1, 1882, in Chester County, S. C, 
He married Miss Mary C. Page of Union County in April 

He was ordained to the ministry in 1862 by the Unity 
Church, Union, S. C. He served as a missionary one year 
under the Executive Board of the Bethel Association. 

He served as moderator of the Broad River Association at 
the Session of 1875, 1876, and 1879. Also he pastored several 
churches, including Antioch. 

He was the pastor of State Line Church in 1876. 

At the 1900 session of the Broad River Association, a col- 
lection was taken for Brother Carter who was an aged man 
at that time. 

John E. Burgess 

Born May, 1854, John Burgess was a native of Spartanburg 
County, S. C. He was baptized and licensed at Brown's 

He married Miss Carrie Grier (or Green). 

Rev. Burgess was ordained to the ministry in 1876 and 
was pastor of State Line Church in 1877. 
During his ministry he pastored twelve churches. 

He died August 10, 1891. 

James H. Yarborough 

James H. Yarborough was born in October 23, 1831. He 
was licensed to preach in 1857 by the Rock Springs Church 
in Polk County, N. C. He was ordained in 1863 : . 

He married Miss Leonora Stroud in 1865. He taught school 
in Forest City, N. C. He was pastor of State Line Church 
for two years, 1878, 1879. 

He and Rev. W. L. Brown of Gaffney, S. C. were instru- 
mental in organizing the Baptist Church at Cowpens in 1878, 
and Rev. Yarborough served that church for two years; he 

also pastored Limestone, Arrowwood and Macedoina. 

Alfred McMahan 

Rev. Alfred McMahan was the pastor of State Line Church 
from 1868—1873 and again 1880—1885. Those who remember 
anything about him say that his home was near Harriss Sta- 
tion. N. C. They remember him as an aged man with grey 
hair and a beard, and spoke very reverently of him as being 
a "godly old man." They tell this story to bear out their re- 
mark; "During his ministry at State Line there was a fire 
covering a large wooded section, and Brother McMahan pray- 
ed unto God to send rain and put out the fire. He received 
the answer to his prayer." 

Nothing is known of his pastoral work other than this 
church. It is possible that he served churches in some other 

J. E. Pentuff 

J. R Pentuff was the son of B. E. Pentuff, (possibly of 
Spartanburg County). 

He was the pastor of State Line Church in 1886 - 1887. 

At that time he was a young unmarried man. 

We learned from some old association minutes that he 
pastored Macedonia, and Abingdon Creek Churches. He also 
served the Chesnee Baptist Church and was elected principal 
of the Chesnee School where he served for a short time. 

W. G. P. Ezell 

William George Philemon Ezell or W. G. P. Ezell, united 
with the Buck Creek Baptist Church as a young man and 
sometime later was ordained to preach. He was a member 
of the Arrowwood Church for a number of years. He was 
married to Eliza Wall and was the father of seven sons and 
two daughters. One son Dr. S. J. Ezell became a minister 
and is well-known in Alabama, where he now lives. Rev. 
W. G. P. Ezell pastored the following churches: Oak Grove, 
Zion Hill, Broad River, Floyds Creek, as well as State Line 
and possibly others. 

John Swilling Ezell 

Born January 29, 1825, in Spartanburg County, John S. 
Ezell was baptized by Elder James M. Webb into the fellow- 



ship of Buck Creek Baptist Church. 

He was licensed by Buck Creek Church in 1841, later be- 
came a member of Macedonia Church, and in 1846 was or- 
dained to the ministry by the presbytery of Drury Scruggs, 
Dr. F. W. Littlejohn, and W. B. Padgett. 

Rev. J. S. Ezell was a visiting preacher at State Line many 
times between 1846 and 1860. 

In 1891 he was elected pastor of this church and served for 
one year. Little is known about his ministerial work other 
than that he pastored Arrowwood and Macedonia. 

James T. Horde 

James Horde was reared in the Buck Creek section and 
ordained to the ministry by Buck Creek Church. 

He was the pastor at State Line in 1892 - 1894. 

He also pastored New Pleasant, Beaverdam, and Floyd's 

While he was pastor of the church at Floyd's Creek, he 
baptized Mr. John W. Camp into the Fellowship of that 

A. J. Bonner 

The Rev. Bonner pastored State Line Church in 1895. He 
was from the vicinity of Mayo and Buck Creek, possibly or- 
dained at Buck Creek Church. 

He pastored Camp's Creek, Cherokee Creek, Cooley Springs, 
Limestone, Arrowwood, and Macedonia, According to our re- 
port he lived to be an old man, dearly beloved by a host of 

R. Jack Tate 

Rev. R. J. Tate pastored State Line Church 1896 — 1900 
and again in 1903. 

He was from the Sandy Springs community, and his 
pastoral work was with the following churches: Corinth, New 
Pleasant, Sandy Springs, Grassy Pond, El Bethel, Macedonia, 
Beaverdam, Arrowwood and Piedmont. While he was pastor 
at State Line, he performed the marriage ceremony of Ella 
Scruggs and Johnnie Camp. 

C. M. Teal 

Rev. C. M. Teal was pastor at State Line 1901 — 1902 and 

again in 1906 through 1910. Someone has said that he married 
a Miss Huskey, and that he lived for some time near the 
Cherokee County Home. He later moved to Forest City, N. C. 
and died there: he has children living there now. 

His pastoral ministry was with the following churches: 
Arrowwood, Buck Creek, Beaverdam, Broad River, Drayton- 
ville, Abingdon Creek, Grassy Pond, and Midway. 

John H. Smith 

Rev. John H. Smith's address in 1905 was Cherokee Route 
1 and in 1926 it was Chesnee. We were unable to learn from 
which church he was ordained. 

He was pastor of State Line in 1904 and 1905. 

We see from the old association minutes that he also 
was pastor of High Point Church and of Mt. Olive Church 
for over twenty years. 

William H. Barrs 

The Rev. William Barrs home church and community 
was Caroleen. 

He married a Miss Cantrell, a niece of "Uncle David 

His ministry at State Line was during 1911 — 1912. 

He quit preaching went into the real estate business, for 
a time lived in the Sandy Mush Community, and later 
moved to Spindale, N. C, but at present is living in some 
other part of North Carolina. 

Benjamin L. Hoke 

Benjamin Hoke was born October 21, 1873. 

His home was at Blacksburg, S. C. He was called as 
pastor to State Line Church in 1913 and served through 

We could not attempt to give an accurate list of the 
churches Rev. Hoke served throughout the association, but 
in looking over some old association minutes we notice he 
began his ministry with the Berea church in 1906 and by 
1908 he had added to his pastoral duties Cherokee Falls, 
Hopewell, Mt Ararat, and Mt. Paran. By 1909 he had 
dropped two and had taken on two new ones, Nazareth, 

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and Midway. 

During the year of 1914 he was still serving five churches, 
State Line, Converse, and Buffalo had been added to the list. 

By 1926 he was pastoring six churches. The new ones add- 
ed to the list were Little Memorial, Broad River, Corinth, 
and Draytonville. 

Besides his pastoral work Rev. Hoke served as superinten- 
dent of education in Cherokee County for a number of years. 

He died July 28, 1951; in the Broad River Association 
minutes of that year we find his picture and notice of his 

C. C. Matheny 

Rev. Charlie Matheny was from Mt. Pleasant Church; he 
married Miss Viola Hamrick, daughter of Aaron Hamrick. 

He was pastor of State Line in 1918 and part of 1919. 

Most of his pastoral work has been done in or near Green- 
ville, S. C. and in North Carolina. 

At present he has charge of a rest home for the aged near 
Alexandria, N. C. 

W. Pender Robertson 

Rev. Robertson was elected pastor of State Line in 1919 
and served until September of 1923. 

W. K. Collins 

Rev. W. K. Collins was elected in 1924 pastor of State 
Line church. He had served only three months, when he 
resigned and left this country, because of some personal 
trouble. He was living between Forest City and Rutherford- 
ton, N. C. at the time. 

L. Everette Thomas 

Rev. Everette Thomas, from Spartanburg, S. C. was or- 
dained at South Side Baptist Church. He served State Line 
as pastor part of 1925 until in 1928. 

He is at present in Bennetsville, S. C, where he has been 
doing pastoral work for several years. 

J. J. (Jeff)) Boone 

Rev. J. J. Boone came to State Line Church in 1928 and 

stayed until 1936 as pastor of this church, about nine years 
in all. Rev. Boone was ordained at South Side, Spartanburg, 
S. C. 

In 1926 he was pastor of Cedar Springs Church and his 
address was Greenville, South Carolina. We do not know of 
the churches he has served other than Camp's Creek, Grassy 
Pond, and a church at Rock Hill, S. C. He lives now near 
Inman, S. C. and is retired from pastoral work. 

While at State Line two of his girls married community 
boys, and his son was ordained to the ministry by this 

J. N. Watson 

Rev. J. N. Watson, a native of Greenville County, served 
as pastor at State Line one year in 1939, when he resigned 
and went to Grassy Pond to serve full time. 

We are unable to list his pastoral ministry, but at the pre- 
sent time he is serving as missionary for the Spartan and 
North Spartan Associations. 

Eugene Coker 

The Rev. Coker came to State Line in 1940 and remained 
until 1942. 

He came here from near Asheville, N. C. 

His present church is White Plains, S. C. 

Every year a group of the women of this church who were 
in Y.W.A under Mrs. Coker's leadership, gather at her home 
one Sunday during the summer for a re-union. 

Rev Coker retired from active ministry in 1958. He now 
makes his home at Route one, Piedmont, S. C. 

W. Marvin Dameron 

Rev. W. M. Dameron came to State Line for a trial sermon 
from Boiling Springs School. He was elected to be the pastor 
and was then ordained by his home church in Gastonia N C 
in 1943. 

He was married to Miss Dorothy Small of Gastonia, and 
they had one daughter, Benita, (she is now married.) 

I remember Dameron as a young, energetic, dynamic soul 
winner. His present church is Love's Memorial, Gastonia, N. 


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C. He left State Line in 1947. 

Jeta P. Baker 

Rev. Jeta Baker was elected pastor of State Line in 1947, 
coming to this state from Union County, North Carolina. 

He remained with this church until 1953, when he resigned 
to go to a church near Charlotte, N. C. 

His present church is Zion Hill in Spartanburg County, 
South Carolina. 

One of his daughters, Joyce, married Wayland Cantrell, 
and they still live in State Line Community. 

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Lewis T. Lankford 

Rev. L. T. Lankford, the present pastor, was born on 
August 31, 1920, the son of Maude Cothran and Thomas 
Franklin Lankford. Mr. Lankford was born and reared in 
Easley, South Carolina. 

In 1936 he moved to Honea Path, S. C. to make his home. 
It was in Honea Path that he was converted and united with 
the Chiquolo Baptist Church. While a member of this church, 
Mr. Lankford answered the call to the gospel ministry. Also, 
in Honea Path, he met and later married his wife, Margie 
Morris Lankford. 

Mr. Lankford attended the Easley public schools, Long 
Creek Academy, North Greenville College, and Furman Uni- 

He has pastored the following churches: Corinth No. One, 
in the Piedmont Association; Oolenoy, in the Pickens Asso- 
ciation; and Mt Airy in the Piedmont Association. 


(Question mark shows 

Joel Blackwell 
Joel Blackwell 
No pastor listed in Bethel Assoc. Minutes 

Jacob Crocker 
Zacheriah Blackwell 
Zacheriah Blackwell 
Berryman Hicks 
Zacheriah Blackwell 
Zacheriah Blackwell 
Berryman Hicks 





The Bethel Association minutes show Joel Blackwell to 
have been the supply (as they were then called) in 1797. 

Since the Rev. Blackwell was a pioneer preacher, we pre- 
sume that he helped to organize this church, and that he 
served as supply until 1797, after which he went to Green 
River Church. Then according to Paschal's history Jacob 
Crocker had churches under his care in Wake County, N. C. 
in 1797 and 1798 (as a licentiate). Benedict says: "Jacob 
Crocker is a m i ni sterial son of State Line Church", so we 
think he came to this church about 1799, was ordained and 

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served as pastor, later going to another church, (look at Ja- 
cob Crocker under ministerial sons.) 

According to Paschal's history Zacheriah Blackwell was 
pastor in 1803, which seems logical since he had been or- 
dained in 1802 and we find no record of another church call- 
ing him. Whether he served to 1807 is a question but by 
1808 another young man was ordained by this church with 
no record of any other church ministry before 1812 so we 
believe he served a year or more at State Line. 

Then according to Benedict, Zacheriah Blackwell was pastor 
in 1811 - 1812 and how much longer is a question. Then the 
association in 1818 refers to Rev. Berryman Hicks as being 
from State Line Church, just when elected is a question, as 
there are some years between 1812 - 1818 of which we are 

Any way this all helps us reach the conclusion that State 
Line Church was not disbanded until sometime after 1818. 

After the year 1818 we find no mention of State Line 
Church, until she was admitted the second time into the 
association in 1824 after being re-organized. 

From that time the pastors were as follows: 

Zacheriah Blackwell 



Joshua Richards 



Berryman Hicks 



Drury Scruggs 



William Curtis 



Drury Scruggs 



No supply for 


William Curtis 


J. M. Williams 



Alfred McMahan 



A. A. McSwain May-Dec 


A. D. Davidson 



J. G. Carter 


J. E. Burgess 


J H. Yarboro 



Alfred McMahan 



J. R. Pentuff 



W. G. P. Ezell 



J. S. Ezell 


J. T. Horde 



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A J. Bonner 


R. J. Tate 



C. M. Teal 



R. J. Tate 


J. H. Smith 



C. M. Teal 



W. L Barrs 



B. L Hoke 



C. C. Matheny 


1919 (May) 

W. P. Robertson 


1923 (September) 

C. D. Barton 



W. K. Collins 


1925 (3 months) 

L Everette Thomas 



J. J. Boone 



Davidson (Supplied) 

1938 (3 months) 

J. N. Watson 


Eugene Coker 



W. Marvin Dameron 



Jeta P. Baker 



Lewis T. Lankford Dec. 12 



The earliest pastors mainly supported themselves and their 
families from their farms, because their salaries were very 
meager. In fact they received no dependable salary. Usually 
money was raised by subscription sometime during the year. 
Here are the only references in the oldest church book per- 
taining to salary for the years 1837 -1860. 

1842 The few present agreed to try to do something for 
the support of the gospel at the next meeting." (No 
record of Contribution) 

1850 "The male members met in the meeting house and 
made choice of Elder D. Scruggs to continue with us 
this year; and further agreed to contribute to him for 
his services on Saturday before the second Lord's Day 
in December." 

1856 "Paid Elder William Curtis $14.70 for his service." 

1858 The following contributed, totalling $47.75: Thompson 
Robbs, Phillip Watkins, Henry Wood, John T. Camp, 
James Phillips, Jas. D. Simmons, Robert Scruggs Sr., 
Dr. J. G. Camp, William Gidney, Elisha Simmons, 
Joseph McCraw, Chester Scruggs, David Amos, Dillard 

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Scruggs, W. B. Williams, Jeremiah Cudd, Robert 
Scruggs, Jr., Jacob Davis, A. J. Byars, Drury Williams, 
Judson P. Scruggs, Anna Hammett, Ira Phillips and 
Robert Arnold." 
1860 "Sum paid to pastor was $42.90." 

In 18V6 we find the first record of the church agreeing to 
pay the pastor a certain amount. This was $75.00 per year 
to be paid quarterly. Some years the members were not able to 
pay the amount agreed upon, but much effort was put forth 
to do so, especially among the male members. The minutes 
for the later 1800's show that during most services members 
were given the opportunity to contribute. Usually the names 
of those contributing were recorded along with the amount 
contributed. In 1885 the following contributed $30.05 through- 
out the year, and this seems to have been typical of most 
early years: 

$1.00 Calvin Moore 1.00 

1.25 Congregation 4.00; 

.25 K. C. Watkins 3.00" 

.50 T. R, Wilkins 1.00 

1.00 Junious Hicks 1.00 

5.00 M. B. Scruggs 1.05i 

.50 Oliver Hames 1.00 

1.00 J. T. McCraw 2.0M 

1.00 K. T. Davis 1.00 

1.25 J. T. Vassey .50 

1.00 Hesentine Clary .25 


Thomas Vassey 
E. C. Hames 
Elizabeth Peck 
J. W. Hambrick 
D. S. Scruggs 
J. S. Phillips 
D. Ramsey 
Joseph Scruggs 
Dennis Scruggs 
Pickney Vassey 
Sister Mary Cudd 
Sister Stokes Scruggs 

In many instances the pastor was paid with produce: fod- 
der, corn, hay, etc. It was not that the people didn't love 
and appreciate their pastor. They just did not have tie 
money. Let us remember that many of these years were_ 
Civil Wars years, followed by the Reconstrunction era. 
Poverty was on every hand. The dread and fear of want 
were felt. People had little money to give for anything be- 
yond the bare necessities of life. When people met to wor- 
ship in the little one-room church house, they could sing, 
with meaning and with feeling: 

"Thro' many dangers, toils and snares, 

I have already come; 

'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far 

And grace will lead me home." 

Before listing the pastors' salaries, let us consider some 
of their duties. State Line had only one Sunday preaching 
service and one Saturday conference and preaching service a 
month until as late as 1905 — barring "flu" epidemics, high 
waters, and inclement weather. During 1905, when Brother 
Teal was pastor, the church began having services twice a 
month, every first and third Sunday, with conference before 
the third Sunday. These Sundays varied, but continued twice 
a month until 1939, at which time Grassy Pond and State 
Line shared a pastor one half time each; and in 1940 a full- 
time pastor was called. Of Course, then and now, the pastor's 
duties included weddings and funerals, but in quite a differ- 
ent manner. It is interesting to note that in the early 1800's 
a preacher sometimes could not be summoned immediately 
following one's death, and that oftentimes several funerals 
would be "preached" at one time. The body would be in- 
terred in some family burial ground somewhere, and the 
funeral conducted later when arrangements could be made 
with the preacher for a church funeral. Weddings were also 
scheduled for "preaching Sundays". Most ceremonies took 
place immediately following the regular worship service. They 
were very brief and informal. 

Yearly salaries or contrubutions paid to State Line Pastors 
are as follows: 
























































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Drury Dobbins was licensed between 1796 and 1800 and 
ordained in 1802 or 1803. 

Jacob Crocker possibly came to State Line as licentiate 
about 1799 and was ordained soon thereafter. 

John Turner was licentiate in 1799 by State Line Church, 
possibly ordained by 1802. 

Zacheriah Blackwell was a licentiate in 1799 and was or- 
dained by 1802. 

Berryman Hicks was licensed about 1803 and ordained by 

Drury Scruggs was licensed in 1832 and ordained 1833. 

Thomas L. Scruggs was ordained August 24, 1860. 

William White was licensed about 1876 and ordained July 
16, 1881. 

W. Gaston Camp was licensed in 1909 and ordained Octo- 
ber 11, 1914. 

Carl H. Henderson was licensed in 1909 and ordained in 

J. Roland Cantrell was licensed in 1915 and ordained in 

Walter C. Boone was ordained October 29, 1929. 

William Foy Martin was ordained. August 1947. 

Claude Green was licensed for one year in 1951. 

Elford Willingham was licensed in 1956 and ordained in 

Herbert Parris, a "State Line Boy" was licensed and or- 
dained at Cresent Hill, Louisville, Term. 

urury Dobbins 

Drury Dobbins was born April 7, 1776, a native of York 
County, S. C. His parents, William and Susanna Dobbins 
were members of State Line Church. Drury, like his pious 
father, was for a time an active deacon of this church. 

He married Mrs. Hannah Sams, nee Callahan. 

He was licensed to preach about 1796 or 1800; he was or- 
dained in 1803 when was called to supply the Sandy Run 
Church of North Carolina, which church he served until his 
death in 1847. During this long period, it is said he scarcely 
ever failed to fill his pulpit according to appointment. 

Drury Dobbins was an outstanding man serving as moder- 
ator of the Broad River Association for twenty-six sessions. 
He preached the introductory message for the association at 
ten sessions. He and Berryman Hicks, as evangelists, went 
over the country together holding revival services, until 
their names became very familiar household words among 
the people. 

Drury Dobbins helped to orgainze the following churches: 
Capernaum, Double Springs, High Shoals, Zion, Zoar and 

He was pastor of the following churches: 
Sand Run — 1803 — 1847 
Zion — 1816 — 1847 
Buffaio — 1834 — 1347 
Capernaum — 1842 — 1845 

MINUTES 1848. 

"Drury Dobbins was born in York District, S. C, but very 
soon removed by his parents to North Carolina, Rutherford 
County, where he was reared, and resided the remainder of 
his life. The Rev. Drury Dobbins was the son of William and 
Susannah Dobbins, bora April 7th, 1776, and as he was rear- 
ed up in, and soon after the Revolutionary War, and that 
by poor parents, it becomes very obvious that his opportuni- 
ties were limited, and that he was unaided by a liberal 
education; yet his energetic and devoted efforts, rendered him 

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famous in the cause of Christ, and his holy religion. 

" The deceased embraced religion, about his 20th year, and 
soon after entered on his great theme, the Gospel of our I 
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in which he greatly dis- 
tinguished himself as an approved workman, having no need 
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of the truth. In 
this work he was ambitious, yet mild; determined, yet 
reasonable; although high tempered, yet possessing that self 
government, which generally distinguished him for his piety 
and humbleness, as a devoted Christian. But we would have 
our readers remember, that we are writing on the life and 
character of a man of like passions with ourselves, who was 
liable to, and did at times err; but perhaps as little fault was 
found, as small complaint heard, while as strong confidence 
was prompted in the Rev. Drury Dobbins, as any other : 
man of his day, who had cultivated as large an acquaintance 
as his, for the same length of time; for although he was 
exalted to the highest summit or honor — promotion, never 
appeared to shake his mind with any pompous notion. We 
feel warranted in saying, that it is probable, there has no 
man lived since the days of the Apostles, who, with the 
same means and opportunities, could have done more good 
than did the deceased; who commenced his work in the 
Gospel field in the year 1801 and in 1803, came under the 
imposition or hands, a presbytery being formed from Boiling 
Springs, Buffalo, Buck Creek and Sandy Run Churches. His 
labors commenced with State Line Church, of which he was 
then a member, and in which he was ordained (and we can 
but remark here, that we are not to despise the day of small 
things,) for although State Line is a small church, and has 
ever stood as a feeble mother, yet she has reared some of 
the noblest sons of the Baptist cause, to wit: Jacob Crocker, 
Berryman Hicks, Drury Dobbins and others. But soon after 
his ordination, he became a member of Sandy Run Church, 
where his membership remained until his death; and al- 
though he sleeps in the silent grave, yet his memory will 
live for years yet to come. Well may the wise man have 
said, a good name is better than precious ointment, for, when 
ointment, with all its odours are gone, a good name still 
lives to commemorate the character of its author, and bright- 
en to the perfect day. And this will agree with John the 
Revelator, who says, "Blessed are the dead which die in the 
Lord, yea saith the spirit that henceforth they may rest from 

their labor and their works do follow them." Rev. XIV 
Chapter and 13th verse. This fact is very clearly set forth 
in the case of the deceased; for although he was not a very 
great revivalist, yet soon after his death there broke out 
a great revival of religion in all the churches under his care 
at the time of his death, and a large number of those which 
came into the churches in telling their experience had refer- 
ence to "Mr. Dobbins.'' Some sermon or some exhortation, 
or some prayer, or some admonition, or some appeal; and 
even the very news of his death was made useful in bring- 
ing afresh to their minds, the sermons, the prayers, the ad- 
monitions, which had be so faithfully exhibited from his lips, 
as the means of their conviction and others were stirred up 
to their duty as Christians, from the good seed which had 
long been sown, as giving clear testimony to his living 
character and active labors as toiling for the advancement of 
a Redeemer's Kingdom, and the salvation of immortal souls. 
While his body rests beneath the ground and his spirit joins 
the blood washed millions: 

"He is gone where happy spirits be, 
To vie with angels round the throne; 
The Soul from sin forever free 
No more its power to mourn.'' 

"How sweet must that rest be to the soul after forty-six 
years, toiling in the ministry, a laborer of the most arduous 
and difficult kind. For he did not only labor for the salvation 
of souls, as a faithful minister of the New Testament, but at 
the time labored with his hands for the support of his family. 
Yet a like zeal was manifest in both cases, and although he 
devoted a large portion of his time to the work of the minis- 
try; yet, at the same time he procured a good and competent 
support for his family, manifesting in the highest sense, 
the spirit of independence, like St. Paul, rather labor with 
his hands than to become chargeable to any person. And al- 
though he principally supported his own family by his labor, 
yet he gave the prime of his time to the ministry, laboring 
with that zeal which gave greater distinction to his charact- 
er as a faithful steward in the cause of Christ, and his holy 
religion. And although he was deprived of the advantages of 
good education, yet his zeal, intergrity, and faithfulness great- 
ly enhanced his usefulness; traveling all the early part of his 
life, a great part of his time in North and South Carolina; 
and his great theme was the Gospel; with perhaps as little 



affectation as was ever manifested in any other man, upon 
whom the same honor was conferred. We are not able to 
say how often he had the appointment of Moderator in the 
Broad River Association (of which he was a member from 
its formation up to his death,) but a number of years; while 
his humbleness, skill and ability in discipline, with his deep 
views in the doctrine of the New Testament, raised him to 
the very summit of honor; yet no vanity was displayed at any 
time but he ever appeared humble and truly devoted to the 
cause of Christ; keeping himself not only unspotted from the 
world, but endeavoring "to keep the unity of the spirit in the 
bonds of peace." And regarding the example as worthy of 
patronage, we make the application first to the ministry, as 
teaching us a good lesson, looking first to the limited cir- 
cumstances under which he commenced his career in life, 
without property or learning; yet with a rigid effort he 
acquired both to much usefulness, studying faithfully to show 
himself approved unto God, a workman that has no need to 
be ashamed; taking that good heed to himself, and the doc- 
trine so as to give great power to his ministry. For character 
is power and this can only be procured by taking heed to thy 
self and the leading features in the whole list of instruction, 
and will add to the labors of a minister, more than oratory 
and learned eloquence. But combine those noble traits with 
the plain truths of the Gospel, (as did Elder Drury Dobbins,) 
and they become powerful to the pulling down of the strong 
holds of satanand cause thy labors to live in active usefulness, 
while the body sleeps in silent dust; and take away truth, 
good morals, and character, and all that a minister can say, 
"is no more than sounding brass or a tinkling symbol," and 
will die with a man's body. But in taking the above example 
we may (if not fill up the measure,) in some way, imitate 
the example of our beloved and departed brother, whose 
"loss has touched the tenderest string of our affection, and it 
is with the deepest feeling of anguish, that we chronicle the 
death of so useful a minister. For we feel that one of the 
strong pillars of the Broad River Association, is thereby re- 
moved- for he was in its formation, and has ever been one 
of its devoted members up to the day of his death, unfalter- 
ing at any time, but was always ready to come up to the 
help of the Lord against the mighty. And having said this 
much to the ministry, we now address the deacons and laity , 
and dear brethren, in laying before you the noble traits in 
the character of this venerable man, we would have you 

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observe the devotedness, yet the reason exercised; the am- 
bition, yet the mildness; the zeal, yet the temperament with 
knowledge, which generally enabled him to excerise good 
and wholesome government over himself and others, which 
added greatly to his usefulness. For we suppose that we have 
never lost a member since the formation of the Broad River 
Association, whose loss has been more sensibly felt, than the 
loss of Elder Drury Dobbins; nor do we suppose the loss of 
anw other member, would have been so felt, not made so 
wide a breach in the cause of Christ and his holy religion, 
as the loss of the deceased, "But the Lord giveth, and the 
Lord taketh, away, blessed be the name of the Lord." 

"The example given us, my dear brethren, is that which 
should be our chief concern to imitate, the good effect of 
which will live when we all sleep in the dust. For he that 
would die the death of the righteous, and have his name and 
be like his, must live the life of the righteous, and purchase 
that good name that is better than precious ointment; that 
living fortune for which our beloved brother so faithfully 
labored for more than forty-six years, through heat and 
cold, by day and by night, in sickness and in health, at home 
and abroad, through evil as well as good report, grappling 
with disease, trials and pain. And although he complained, 
and with good cause, yet he never murmured, but leaves be- 
hind him that living testimony that again reminds us of that 
passage in Revelations, "Blessed are the dead, which die in 
the Lord, yea saith the spirit, that they may rest from their 
labors and their works do folow them." 

"On Carolinas" soil, 
Long did he toil, 
Low laid he is to rest; 
With hopes not small, 
At the last trumpets call, 
To be a heavenly guest. 

"And now dear ministering brethren, in looking to that 
untarnished fame, we may feel as did Elisha, when he saw 
Elijah ascending up to glory, and say, our loss is his eternal 

"And now dear brethren, we commend you to God, and to 
the power of His grace, who is able to keep you, and estab- 
lish you in every good word and work, that you may be 

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fellow heirs with the saints in light, even with those that 
are sanctified." 

Drury Scruggs, Moderator 


Jacob Crocker 

Jacob Crocker was native of Wake County, born near the 
city of Raleigh, N. C, date unknown. 

Rippon's register, according to Paschal's North Carolina 
Baptist History, states that Roger's Cross Roads Church in 
Wake county was under the care of Jacob Crocker and Zadoc 
Bell (licentiate) in the year of 1792. 

Then in 1798 Haywood's Church in Franklin County was 
under the care of Jacob Crocker, but he is not listed as 
supply or pastor as the others in this register. 

He probally came to State Line about 1799 or 1800 as a 
licentiate as Benedict and Logan refer to him as a son, or 
ordained minister of State Line Church. 

He was the first pastor of El Bethel Church beginning 
this ministry in 1803 and continuing until 1828 with this 

He began supplying Pacolet Church about the same time. 

Rev. Crocker was a prominent minister of the Broad River 
Association and was chosen twice as moderator in 1807 and 
1819 and twice selected to preach the introductory message, 
and also to wTite some circular letters for the association. 

Later he migrated to Pickens County, Alabama, and died, 
having attained a good old age. 

John Turner 

John Turner was a licentiate from State Line Church to 
the Bethel Association in 1799. 

The year of 1801 he was a delegate to the Broad River 
Association from Buck Creek Church and by 1802 he was 
an ordained minister at the association. Nothing else is 
known of him, Logan thought perhaps he migrated to 
another state or association as he could obtain no record 
of his ministry. 

Zacheriah Blackwell 

Zacheriah Blackwell's date of birth is not known. He is 

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listed in the Spartanburg County census of 1790 and listed 
in Spartanburg County courthouse as land owner in 1795. 

He was possibly a charter member of State Line Church. 

He was a delegate to the Bethel Association in 1798. 

He was licensed to preach by 1799 and ordained to the 
ministry by 1802. 

He probably pastored State Line from 1803—1807. He 
was pastor of State Line from about 1811 — 1812, possibly 
longer. He preached the introductory sermon at the Broad 
River Association in 1812. He was pastor of Buck Creek from 
1822 — 1825 and pastored State Line again from 1824 — 1823. 
Dismissed by letter from State Line in 1837, he pastored 
Camp's Creek Church in 1839. Logan says, "Rev. Blackwell 
as a preacher had nothing of the polish of oratory about 
him but having made the Bible his principal study, he 
alway preached as a scribe well-instructed in the Kingdom. 
never being at a loss for an apt quotation of Scripture in 
support of anything he advanced." 

M. C. Barnett in his associational sketches, says; "At the 
session of 1843 when the Broad River Association met at 
El Bethel Church, I saw Elder Blackwell for the last time. 
He was very old; but still he had not thrown off the mantle 
of his calling: I remember the veneration I felt for him; 
when the association adjourned, he came out of the house; 
while standing in the yard, hat in hand, he announced he 
would preach, at a certain place at such a time. 

"His head was as white as cotton, his voice weak and 
tremulous and his physical appearance that of a man stand- 
ing on the brink of the grave." Rev. Blackwell died that 
year while he was a member of Mt. Ararat Church; he was 
buried in Isaac Peeler's family cemetery near Draytonville 
Mountain. In 1869 the Broad River Association erected a 
marker to his grave. A group from State Line church in the 


summer of 1956 located this gave in woodland pasture, close 
by Draytonville Church. 

Zacheriah Blackwell's Grave — with Elrord Willingham, 
State Line's latest ordained minister standing by his 

Elder Berryman Hicks 

Berryman Hicks was born July 1, 1778. He married Miss 
Elizabeth Durham of Rutherford County in 1799. He joined 
the State Line Baptist Church about 1800 when this church 
was at its original location. He was a delegate from this 
church to the Broad River Association in 1803. Soon after 
this he was licensed to preach and was ordained in 1808 by 
a presbytery consisting of Elder Joseph Camp, Drury 
Dobbins and others. 

He settled on Sandy Run Creek in 1809 where he reared 
a large family. He and Drury Dobbins were great revivalists 
and toured the country together. Their names became house- 
hold words, for they were very popular among the people. 

Hicks possessed some poetical talent and composed 
numerous hymns and spiritual songs which they used in the 
revival meetings. 

He was said to be the Apollo of the Broad River Associa- 

tion in his day and time. 

He is said to have accomplished much in building up an 
interest in religion, which at that time was in a depressed 
condition. He was gifted in oratory and well-learned in the 

Even though his education was limited, his intellectual 
powers enabled him to grapple with any great question of 
divinity or science; yet he was a very modest man. 

In the Broad River Association he served as clerk for 
thirteen years, as moderator for three, and delivered three 
associational sermons from 1812 — 1834. 

He pastored the following churches: 

Buffalo 1812 — 1834 

Camp's Creek 1822 — 1834 

Buck Creek 1832 — 1839 

Mt. Ararat 1832 — 1834 

State Line 1832 — 1833 

Macedonia 1838 — 1839 

He died in 1839 and was buried in an old family cemetery 
which is now a part of New Pleasant Church Cemetery. 
There is erected a large maker at his grave. 


The time is swiftly rolling on, 
When I must faint and die; 
My body to the dust return, 
And there forgotten lie; 
My body the dust return, 
And there forgotten lie. 

Let persecution rage around, 

And anti-Christ appear; 

My silent dust beneath the ground, 

There's no disturbance there. 

My silent dust beneath the ground, 

There's no disturbance there. 

Through heat and cold I've often went. 
And wander'd in despair, 
To call poor sinners to repent, 
And seek the Saviour dear; 
To call poor sinners to repent 
And seek the Saviour dear. 
= Rev. Berryman Hicks 



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The following song is published in the Old Christian Har- 
mony book of hymns. According to a distant relative of 
Berry man Hicks, this was one of his own songs; it was sung 
in minor music. 

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds; 
In a believer's ear 

It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, 
And drives away his fear. 

It makes the wounded spirit whole, 
And calms the troubled breast; 
'Tis manna to the hungry soul, 
And to the weary rest. 

By him my prayers acceptance gain, 
Although with sin defiled; 
Satan accuses me in vain, 
And I am own'd a child. 

Weak is the effort of my heart, 
And cold my warmest thought; 
But when I see Thee as Thou art, 
I'll praise Thee as I ought. 

Till then I would Thy love proclaim 
With every fleeting breath; 
And may the music of Thy name 
Refresh my soul in death. 

My brother preachers, boldly speak, 
And stand on Zion's wall, 
Revive the strong, confirm the weak, 
And after sinners call. 

Rev. Berryman Hicks 
Copied from Christian Harmony Hymns 



Drury Scruggs 

A native of Spartanburg County, Drury Scruggs was born 
about the year of 1806. He was converted in early life and 
joined the church at State Line. 

He married Elizabeth Price Wilkins and to this union were 

born thirteen children, whom we name since they too, be- 
came members of State Line church. 

Charles Smith Wilkins 

Thomas Lafayette 


Judson P. 

Cris Columbus 

Luther Rice 


Barron O. Rasien 

Drury Dobbins 





Drury Scruggs was licensed to preach in 1832 and ordained 
in 1833. Rev. D. Scruggs became an active minister in the 
Broad River Assoieation, presiding as moderator for nine 
sessions, delivering four associational sermons, and serving 
as clerk of the Association one year. 

He pastored the following churches: 

Goucher Creek 1832 — 1842 

State Line (1834—1854) (1858—1863) 
Camp's Creek (1835—1847) (1852—1856) (1859—1864) 

Bethesda (1835—1837) 

Buck Creek (1846—1849) (1851) 

Providence (1850—1853) 

Macedonia 1845 

Cedar Spring 1841 

Gilead Year not known 

Rev. Scruggs was pastor of State Line for twenty-five 
years— longer than any other preacher has served at this 

Besides his church activities, the records in the court 
house at Spartanburg, S. C. show him often as administrator 
of estates and as dealer in real estate sales. He left South 
Carolina about 1864, went to Tennessee and organized 
Concord Baptist Church which he pastored from 1864 to 1873. 
There he is buried. 

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Thomas Lafayette Scruggs 

Thomas Lafayette was the second son of the Elder Drury 
Scruggs. He was baptized into the fellowship of the State 
Line Baptist Church in December 1847, and was admitted to 
this church by letter in 1852. He was ordained to the ministry 
of the gospel August 24, 1860, at this church. 

The presbytery consisted of the following ministers, called 
Elders at that time: J. G. Landrum, D. Scruggs, J. S. Ezell, 
T. J. Campbell, and A. Padgett. The order of services follows: 

Chairman Drury Scruggs 

Secretary J. S. Ezell 

Sermon J. G. Landrum 

Candidate presented by Deacon Robbs 

Examination by J. S. Ezell 

Charge and presentation of Bible J. G. Landrum. 
Laying oh of hands and fellowship by the ministers and 
deacons present. The following deacons from other churches 
were present and participated in the service: James Ezell, J. 
H. Cooley and H. Turner from Buck Creek Church; L. 
Clement, J. H. Ezell, A Lovelace from Arrowwood Church; 
Thomas Harris, B. B. Harris from Camp's Creek Church; A. 
Bonner from Providence Church; H. G. Gaffney from Lime- 
stone; Wells Smith, J. Byars, P. H. Byars, and T. Pope from 
Macedonia; O. E. Edwards from Spartanburg. From all re- 
ports Rev. Thomas L. Scruggs left this state soon after his 
ordination and went to Texas where his ministerial work 
was done. 

Records show that he preached a few times at his home 
church, State Line. 

William White 

William White was born in 1338. He married Miss Eliza- 
beth Wyatt, joined the State Line Baptist Church, and was 
baptized in 1865. He was licensed to preach about 1876. 

New Pleasant Church requested State Line to ordain him 
May 15, 1881. The petition was granted and on July 16, 1881, 
the following presbytery was formed for the ordination: R. 
L. Watkins, Thomas McKinney from Arrowwood; William Self, 
John Moore, and Lewis Henderson from Cherokee Creek; J. 
M. Price and M. B. Scruggs from New Pleasant; Rev. A 
McMahand from Mount Pleasant; Rev. J. M. Williams from 


Arrowood served as president and J. T. Wood as clerk. The 
ordination sermon was preached by Rev. Andy Jones from 

The associational minutes list him as pastoring the follow- 
ing Churches: 

1886—1891 (1894—1897) 






New Pleasant 




High Point 

Brown's Chapel 

Thompson's Chapel 

His reatives say that he helped to organize some of these 
churches. He probally served other years than the ones listed 
aBd possibly pastored other churches. 

He died in 1923 and is buried at Thompson's Chapel near 
Clifton, S. C. 


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William Gaston Camp 

William G. Camp was born December 4, 1886, in Ruther- 
ford County, N. C. He was baptized into the fellowship of 
State Line Baptist Church in September 1903, by Rev. J. H. 

He was licensed to preach by the State Line Church in 
August of 1909 and ordained at Boiling Springs Baptist 
Church October 11, 1914. Rev. C. M. Teal preached the or- 
idnation sermon. 

He attended Boiling Springs High School, graduating in 
1916. He attended Wake Forest College 1916—1920 receiving 
A.B.A doploma at the close of this period. He was president 
of the ministerial class for two years. 

His pastoral work has been with the following churches in 
the Kings Mountain Association: Buffalo, Elizabeth, Bethle- 
hem, Eastside in Shelby, Ross Grove, Carpenter's Grove, 
Casar, Patterson Springs, and Pleasant Ridge. 

In the Gaston Association of Gaston County, N. C. he 
served, Mt. Beulah for eight years and Shady Grove for 
eleven years. 

While in school at Wake Forest College he supplied 
churches in the following counties: Lincoln, Wake, Cumber- 
land, and Orange. 

His present pastorate is Sandy Run Church in Mooresboro, 
N. C. where he became pastor in 1937. 

Before his ministerial work, he taught school for two 
terms at the Hamrick school house (1906—1908), and two 
terms at the Camp school house, (1912-1914). Later he taught 
in the Cherryville graded school, (1927—1929). 

On August 29, 1943 he was married to Miss Julia McDaniel 
of Kings Mountain, N. C. 


Carl H. Henderson 

Carl Henderson was born about 1890 and joined the State 
Line Baptist Church by letter in 1908. He was licensed by 
this church to preach the gospel in 1909. He married Miss 
Clara Cantrell of the State Line Community. He was or- 
dained to the ministry in 1924 and supplied a church at 
Carpenter's Grove, N. C. and three other churches during 
his schooling period. Much of his pastoral work was done in 
the eastern part of North Carolina where he served a number 
of churches. He also pastored churches near Hickory and 
Raliegh, N. C. His last pastorate w,as Riverside Church in 
Asheville, N. C. 

He died May 12, 1955, and is buried at one of his last 
pastoral fields. 

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J. Roland Cantrell 

J. R. Cantrell was born April 22, 1888. He joined the State 
Line Baptist Church by letter in the year 1906. Later he 
married Miss Lettie Henderson of the State Line Community. 

He was licensed by State Line Church to the gospel 
ministry during the year 1915, was ordained in 1920 to do 
evangelistic work, and supplied churches while attending 
school at Boiling Springs, N. C. 

Later while attending school at Wake Forest, N. C, he 
supplied the following churches for five years: South Hender- 
son, Mary's Chapel, and Haw River; also one at Hillsboro, 
N. C. for four years. 

His next work was with the general board and the state 
board of the Southern Baptist Convention doing evangelistic 
work at Raleigh, N. C. for three and one half years; then 
he served at Plymouth in the eastern part of North Carolina 
for two years. 


He served as pastor in Newton, N. C. for seven years and 
at Calvary Church in Morganton, N. C, for two years. 

He was president of Boiling Springs Jr. College for four 
years, pastor of Poplar Springs church for thirteen years, 
and has held his present pastorate, the Lattimore Baptist 
Church of Lattimore, N. C. for the past eight years. 


Walter E. Boone 

Walter Boone, born October 10, 1909, the son of Rev. J. J. 
and Lillie Hollifield Boone, attended grammar school in 
Spartanburg, S. C, high School at Parker High in Greenville, 
S. C. and graduated at Pacolet High in 1928. He spent his 
freshman year at Furman in the fall of 1928, taught school at 
Chestnut Oak Grammar School in the summer and fall of 

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1929. This same year he was extended a call to become past- 
or of Beaverdam Baptist Church of Gaffney. 

He was ordained to the full gospel ministry by the State 
Line Church October 29, 1929, with his father J. J. Boone, 
the pastor presiding. Dr. H. V. Tanner preached the sermon. 
Others of the presbytery were Dr. Charles M. Griffin, Rev. 
L. Everet Thomas, and Rev. Carl O. Page. 

He was extended a call to the Chesnee Mill Baptist 

He received a B.A. degree from Wofford College in 
Spartanburg, S. C. in June 1933. 

He married Miss Flora Vaughan of Pacolet June 28, 1933. 

He accepted the pastorate in Fairmont, S. C, in 1934, and by 
1935 accepted East Gaffney, and for a while divided the time 
between Fairmont, East Gaffney, and Beaverdam. During 
this time he was taking graduate work at Limestone College, 
later he finished his work for a M. A. degree at Duke Uni- 
versity of North Carolina. 

He was principal of the consolidated schools of No. One 
Township in Cleveland County, N. C. in 1936. 

The years from 1939 to 1942 he spent at the seminary in 
Fort Worth Texas, graduating with the THM Degree. 

He pastored Bethany Temple Baptist Church of Dallas, 
Texas, during schooling. His next pastorate was Welcome 
Baptist Church, Greenville, S. C. 

Then in 1945 he became pastor of Monaghan Baptist Church 
and remained here nine years. 

His present pastorate of Hampton Park Baptist Church, 
Charleston, S. C. was begun October 4, 1954. 

He has served on the the General Board of the Baptist 
Convention of S. C. He is now moderator of the Charleston 
Baptist Association. 

William Foy Martin 

William F. Martin was born December 22, 1912 the son of 
Mr. and Mrs. James T. Martin of Camden, Mississippi. He 
went to school at Perkinston Jr. CoUege, Perkinston, Miss., 
Appalachian State Teacher's CoUege, Boone, N. C, and Lou- 
isiana State University preparing himself to coach in the 
field of athletics. He was coach at Appalachian State Teach- 
ers CoUege and later coach for two years at Wingate Jr. 
CoUege, Wingate, N. C. 

He married Miss Mary Ethele Moore,, daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. B. T. Moore of Route 3, Gaffney, S. C. in the vear 1940. 
He was Captain in the Air Corps for four years during the 
Second World War. 

Wnile a member of State Line Church August 1947, he was 
ordained to the ministry of the gospel. 

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Following his ordination he went to the Southern Baptist 
Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky., and spent three years 
preparing for the ministry. 

He supplied churches while attending the seminary. He 
pastored Caroleen Baptist Church, Caroleen, N. C, for five 
and one half years. He began his present pastorate with 
the College Park Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N. C, in 
March 1956. 

The Rev. and Mrs. Foy Martin now have two chidren, Foy, 
Jr., and Cherry. 


Elford C. Willingham, Jr. 

Elford Willingham is the son of E. Clyde and Minnie Vassey 
Willingham, born March 14, 1919, at Chesnee, S. C. He at- 
tended school at Chesnee High. He married Gracie McGinnis, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. T. McGinnis of the State Line 
Community, January 16, 1942, to this union was born one 
son, Terry Willingham. 

Elford Willingham served his country during the war in 
1942 and 1943. 

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He has served his church at State Line as treasurer 1946- 
1956 was elected deacon in 1944, was licensed to preach 
March 4, 1956 and is now preparing for the ministry by at- 
tending North Greenville Junior College. 

Mr. Willingham's son Terry is a descendant of the late 
Thomas and W. Pinkney Vassey, Terry being the fifth gene- 
ration of continuons membership in State Line Church for 
over one Hundred years. 


Ordination Service of Elford C. Willingham Jr. 

June 29, 1958 — Time 3:00 P. M. 

Sermon — L. T. Lankford 

Ordination Prayer and laying in of hands— Rev. Gaston Camp 
Presenting the Bible — Deacon Arthur Collins 
Charge to the candidate — Rev. Vernon McAbee 
Charge to the Church — Rev. Jeta Baker 

"I charge on in the sight of God and Christ Jesus who is 
to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and 
His kingdom, preach message; be at it in season and out of 
season; convince, reprove, exhort people, with perfect pat- 
ience and willingness to teach. For a time will come when 
they will not listen to wholesome instruction, but will over- 
whelm themselves with teachers to suit their whims and 
tickle their fancies, and they will turn from listening to the 
truth and wander off after fictions." 

I Tim. 4:1-4 Goodspeed 


A. M. Sims, D. D. Gaffney, S. C. 1905 

J. F. Lowry 1905 

Charles L. Davis 1905 

H. P. Hall 1906 

W. E. Crocker, Chin Kiang China 1907 

Jode Wilson 5997 

J. P. Welchel Gaffney 1907 

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Eliphus Horton 


Zeno Wall Shelby, N. C. 


N. R. Stone 


T. H. Harrison Clifton 


F. C. Greggs 


William Barrs 


Carl H. Henderson 


Gaston Camp 


W. M. Whiteside Spartanburg 


Vance Havener (the boy preacher) 

Amos Clary 


J. M. Hamrick 


J. D. Huggins Boiling Springs, N. C. 

J. F. Moore, Greenville, S. C. 


H. E. Waldrop 


C. L. Taylor 


Triplett Pastor of Chesnee First 


T. C. Holland Boiling Springs, N. C. 


W. J. Sprinkle 


J. M. Goode 


J. L. Willis Chesnee 


Penny Baker 


Carl O. Page 


C. E. Vermillion 


Dr. Percy Ray 


Charles M. Griffin Chesnee 


R. P. Lamb Chesnee 


J. H. Hall 

Herbert Parris 




J. Roland Cantrell 


Bill Flemings 


Homer Baker 


Fred Dabney 


Norman Shands 


Claud Green, Jr. 


R. G. Porter, Tampa Fla. 


L. A. Hunnycutt 


Everett Wrenn 


C. W. Propts 


Rev. Timms, Hartwell, Ga. 


Horace Hammett, Columbia 


Roy Gregg 


H. O. Walker Ga. 




William Dobbins 


Drury Dobbins 


Franklin Wray 
W. B. Turner 


William Wood 
Phillip Watkins 


Thompson Robbs 
John T. Camp 
Charles S. W. Scruggs 


Kindred C. Watkins 
James P. Phillips 

Thomas Vassey 


Edward C. Hames 

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Robert McCraw 


R. L. Watkins 




J. T. Vassey 

A. A. Williams 



Drury Scruggs, Jr. (Son of Rev. Drury) 
R. Dennis Scruggs 


J. T. McCraw 
Memory B. Scruggs 



Oliver C. Hames 

Calvin W. Moore 


M. J. Hicks 


Drury Sampson Scruggs 


C. F. Joe Scruggs 
W. Pinkney Vassey 
James Joshua Camp 


Jonas Vassey 


Harvey P. Hall 


Wm. J. Henderson 
John G. Hames 
David L. Cantrell 


B. Ray 


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James G. Parris 

R. L. Camp 

0. W. Vassey 

O. M. Green 


A. L. Hamrick 

L. V. Hudgins 

J. W. Camp 


C. Festus Blanton 


F. C. Ramsey 


R. O. Hames 

C. J. McGinnis 

B. T. Moore 

B. E. Gold 

Paul B. Blanton 

J. P. Mullinax 


Carvus Hames 


C. T. McGinnis 


J. I. Jackson 

Arthur Collins 

J. B. Hamrick 


E. C. Willingham, Sr 


Boyd Vassey 

Broadus McGinnis 

L. Roy Scruggs 


O. G. Potter 


J. Gettys Scruggs 

Clyde Scruggs 

Elford Wilingham 


M. A. Starnes 


Ben G. Moore 

Buford Cash 

Paul Ramsey 


J. Y. Hamrick 

Herbert Edmonds 


Frank Cantrell 


Hoyle Jones 

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David L. Cantrell 

Mr. Cantrell joined State Line Church by letter in 1906. 

He was elected a deacon and Sunday School teacher of the 
young men's class. In these offices he served for years un- 
numbered. "Uncle David" as he was known by all in later 
years was a kind old gentleman, humble and devoted to the 
Lord. He was a compassionate, influential soul winner, one 
who went about striving to win others to Christ. 

I am sure many of the former pastors of this church 
remember Uncle David Cantrell as a strong spiritual "prop" 
upon which they could lean. 

"Uncle David" will long be remembered by the men of 
this church for his Bible teaching during their early years. 

As a tribute of honor and respect to him, this church con- 
ferred upon him the title of honorary deacon for life in 1934, 
some years prior to his death. 

Uncle David loved to hear the word of God preached. 
Many can still see, in memory, his face aglow, with tears 
dripping off to the floor as the man of God delivered the 

He also loved good singing, one of his favorite songs being 
'"Better Farther On". The chorus of this old song is: 

Farther On, still go farther, 
Count the Mile-stones one by one 
Jesus will forsake you never, 
It is better farther on. 

Mr. Cantrell had a son ordained to the ministry by this 
church, J. R. Cantrell, (see ministerial sons). His daughter, 
Mrs. Ethel Cantrell Jones Hamrick lives in this community. 


No record of the church clerk from 1794 — 1837. 

William B. Turner 1837 — 1855 

William B. Godfrey 1855 — 1857 

K. C. Watkins 1857 — 1861 

J. T. Camp 1862 — 1863 

K. C. Watkins 1864 — 1879 

J. T. Wood 1879 — 1885 

J. T. McCraw 1885 — 1887 

M. B. Scruggs 1887 — 1890 

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D. S. Scruggs 
O. M. Green 
A. L. Hamrick 
O. M. Green 
A. D. Blanton 
C. L. Scruggs 
Paul E. Ramsey 
Herbert Edmonds 
J. Y. Hamrick 

1390 — 1909 
1909 — 1920 
1920 — 1921 
1921 — 1937 
1938 — 1941 
1941 — 1948 
1948 — 1951 
1951 — 1956 
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P. O., Spartanburg, S. C. 


— 1832 

P. O. Island Ford, N. C. 


— 1837 

P. O ., Buck Creek, S. C 


P. O., Buck Shoals, N. C. 


P. O., Cowpens, S. C. 


— 1847 

P. O., Buck Shoals, N. C. 


- 1867 

P. O., Cowpens, S. C. 


P. O., Hicksville, N. C. 


P. O., Martinsville, S. C. 


— 1901 

P. O., State Line, S. C. 


P. O, Davisville, N. C. 


P. O., Maud Route 1 


D. S< 


, Clerk 

Gaffney, Route 10 

H. P. 



Cherokee Route 3 


Route 9, Gaffney, S. C. 


Route 9, Gaffney, S. C. 


Route 9, Gaffney, S. C. 


Route 3. Gaffnev. S. C. 


The oldest book of church minutes in possession of this 
church begins with the year 1837 and concludes with part 
of the year 1862. We found this book in a very bad condi- 
tion—the pages all loose, many missing, and some torn — so 
that it is impossible to get a complete report of these years. 
Conference meetings were held once a month always on Sat- 
urday afternoon. These meetings were mainly for the purpose 
of transacting the business of the church, as Baptists for a 
long time felt it wrong to carry on the business activities of 
the church on Sunday. 

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The business meeting was preceded by a sermon, if there 
was a preacher present; if not, then some brother of the 
church gave the devotional and served as moderator. 

Then on Sunday following the day of conference there 
was preaching usually by two or more ministers with inter- 
mission between services. 

In the early days of our church history because of the 
mode of travel, the people and the preacher sometimes could 
not get to the church since inclement weather or other 
circumstances would prevent travel. Then the clerk had to 
make out his report like this; "No preaching to day, rain", 
and this pathetic report, "No preacher, consequently nothing 
done", and this one for the Sunday meeting in April 1848, 
"No preacher, consequently disappointments as a large con- 
gregation met." And what about this report for April 15, 
1849, "No preaching on account of snow"! 

The monthly reports from 1837 through 1839 are very 
brief. Only one member joined during this period, and at 
this time the membership was only twenty-two. In the year 
of 1840 however twenty joined; one of them was Lucentia, a 

The Broad River Association met with State Line Church 
October 13 - 16, 1843. In December of this year a protracted 
meeting was held with the following preachers participating; 
Alson Padgett, William Linsey, T. Dixon, and Drury Scruggs 
On Saturday of July 1843 the, church in conference had no 
business of importance before the church; brotherly love 
and harmony seemed to prevail. 

In 1845 during the "August Meeting" the following preach- 
ers were present and time about brought the messages: Wade 
Hjll, S. Morgan, T. Dixon, and Drury Scruggs, the supply. 
Mf*Back in the early history of the church it was not unusual 
to have two or more speakers at the regular monthly meet- 
ings the greater part of the day on Sunday being spent at 
the church in worship. Then however, they had no night 
services, and for some time they had no kind of service on 
the other Sundays in the month until Sunday Schools were 
organized and became established in the churches. 
- Occasionally they would call special meetings, usuually 
these were attended by guest speakers, and in our research 
in connection with the history of this church, we find State 
Lise has been privieged to have had some outstanding men 


in the pulpit either as guest speaker or as pastor. 

In 1847 and 1849 the founders of Limestone College, 
William Curtis and Thomas Curtis were guest speakers along 
with J. S. Ezell and S. Morgan. 

In January 1850 the report of the conference reads like 
this; "The male members met in the meeting house and made 
choice of Elder D. Scruggs to continue with us again this 
year, and further agreed to contribute to him for his service." 

We might point out that D. Scruggs had been the supply 
since 1834 probably without any compensation for his ser- 

. The word "meeting House" was used quite frequently in 
the early days. 

Do you notice any other change since 1850? Do the male 
members elect the preachers today? 

1852 shows a gain of fifty-three members. Fifty were 
baptized, and three joined by letter, three of these were 

The visiting preachers for this revival were, S. Morgan, 
J. S. Ezell, Josiah D. Durham, Robert Poston, John Byars, 
D. Scruggs, J. Suttle and J. M. Webb. The first mention of 
night service was during this revival when they met at early 
candle light. 

In 1854 the church voted in favor of Sabbath Schools. 

The funerals of William Dobbins and his wife Susannah 
were preached at State Line Church at the August meeting 
of 1854 by Elders J. S. Ezell and D. Scruggs. 

Comments: Mr. and Mrs. Dobbins were parents of the Rev. 
Drury Dobbins. In many cases the funerals were preached 
at the regular meeting days though the bodies had been 
buried previously. This was due to the way of travel and 
communcation at that time. 

In the 1855 November meeting, William Curtis was supply 
(or pastor). 

A committee was appointed to inquire after the early con- 
stitution of this church. The committee was as follows: 
Brothers D. Scruggs, Elder Williarri Curtis, Philip Watkins, 
and W. B. Godfrey. 

Comments: There is no record in the church minutes of 
this committee's investigations and the results — Your church 

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history committee wants to know the answer even today 

In 1861 a brother by the name of Brown from Virginia 
gave a lecture on Sabbath Schools. 

In 1866 the Associational letter was to include a statement 
that State Line Church had organized a Sunday School. 

Now, for a look at some of the reports from the second 
book of church minutes. This book is in fairly good shape and 
for the most part easily read. There is some beautiful hand 
writing in this book. The church rolls for 1861—1865—1874— 
1886— 1888— 1893— 1897--1900 are all intact in this book. 

In 1870 State Line received a request for the Eldership of 
the church to aid in constituting a church at Floyd's Creek 
in September. 

In one of the monthly conference meetings this same year 
a charge was brought against a brother for running a still 
and making whiskey. His reply to the charge was that if the 
law was not against stilling he would continue to run the 
still. He was excluded from the fellowship of the church for 
stilling and refusing to obey church rules. 

1873 the largest number on record being baptized at any 
one time was during the August meeting of 1873 when fifty- 
one were baptized. The meeting lasted for sixteen days and 
the following ministers participated in the services: A. D. 
Davidson, W. A. Gidney, T. J. Campbell, A. A. McSwain, and 
Brother J. Ruppe. 

In 1874 the clerk was authorized and instructed to write 
to Spartanburg, S. C. and get information as to the incorpo- 
ration of this church, but if he could not get the desired 
information he was to write to Columbia, S. C. 

Upon a motion it was agreed to raise funds to get a 
common seal for this church, and Brother Robert McCraw 
was appointed to get the seal. 

At one of the monthly meetings of this same year Brother 
Albert Simmons made his first attempt to preach. No re- 
ference was made to that name again. 

In June of 1874 State Line sent a request to Floyd's Creek 
for that church to ordain A. D. Davidson. 

July of the same year Floyd's Creek requested the Elder- 
ship of this church to help in the ordination. Davidson be- 
came the pastor of State Line. The trustees of the church 

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this year were Thomas Cudd, Robert McCraw, Thomas Vassey, 
J. T. Vassey, Ira Phillips, Dennis Scruggs, Austin Williams,' 
Alfred Karris, Zebion Cantrell. 

In 1878 this church helped to orgainze New Pleasant 
Church in the month of October. The following were 
granted letters of dismission to become charter members 
of New Pleasant Church; Mary Robbins, Cynthia Robbins, 
Jane Williams, Nancy Williams, M. E. Martin, Richard Mar- 
tin, Matilda Reynolds, Florence Martin, W. H. Martin, 
Memory B. Scruggs, D. Williams, George' Blackwell, Jason 
Blackrwell, Caroline Martin. 

With this we conclude the items taken from book number 

The church minutes book number three begins with the 
year 1905. This book is so large and heavy that the pages 
have become loose from use during the years between 1905 
and 1952. The following items of special interest are selected 
from this book. 

In December of 1905 the church agreed to get Brother C. 
M. Teal to preach two Sundays in each month. 

On July 4, 1906, at a Sunday School picnic, a contribution 
given for ministerial education, was turned over to Rev. A. 
M. Sims, of Gaffney. 

In 1908 the eldership of this church assisted in organizing 
Goode's Chapel in Rutherford County, N. C. 

In 1909 this church licensed two young men to preach the 
gospel: Brother Carl H. Henderson, and W. Gaston Camp. 

In 1910 (A) The eldership of this church assisted in 
organizing Chesnee Baptist church. 

(B) During the August revival 40 joined the church and 
were baptized; six joined by letter. 

(C) The church agreed to adopt the envelope system of 
collecting all money paid into the church. The clerk was 
appointed to be responsible for this. 

In 1911 Deacons began meeting once a month. 

In 1915 By motion the church accepted money from the 
W. M. S. to paint the benches, and 'Brothers C. P. Green, M. 
B. Vassey and J. W. Camp were appointed to be responsible 
for this work. 

In 1916 New Pleasant church requested the pastor and 
deacons to assist them in the ordination of Brother W. J. 

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Sprinkle to the ministry of the gospel. 

In October 1918 there was no meeting on account of the 
"Flu" epidemic. 

In 1919 the church made plans to build the parsonage. 

In 1920 Brother J. Roland Cantrell was ordained to the 
full ministry of the gospel, the deacons of State Line, Buck 
Creek, and New Pleasant assisting in this service. 

In 1921 during the revival 41 were baptized and 4 joined 
by letter. Rev. W. P. Robinson was the pastor and Rev. C. C. 
Matheney, the evangelist. 

1922 (A) The church adopted the pledge system. 

(B) The first pulpit committee on the records was elected, 
composed of O. M. Green, R. L. Camp, O. W. Vassey, C. H, 
Henderson and C. P. Green. 

(C) A welfare committee was appointed to look after the 
church property. 

(D) Brother O. W. Vassey asked leave to use the church 
building for school purposes until a school room could be 
built. The church granted the request. 

In 1923 The first record of a nominating committee for 
Sunday School officers and teachers, was given. The com- 
mittee was composed of O. M. Green, C. H. Henderson and 
C. A Gold. 

In 1924 The first budget committee consisted of the active 

1925 (A) We find the first record of ushers being appoint- 
ed: viz., Benjamin Moore, Ambrose Blanton, Gettys Scruggs, 
and Gettys Green. 

(B) The first action was taken in selling lots in the church 
cemetery. Deacons were asked to lay off lots, price them, and 
sell them to any one caring to buy. 

In 1926 a retirement plan for deacons was begun. 

1931 (A) The church asked each department or organization 
to make quarterly reports for the first time. 

(B) The church began helping to send the pastor to the 
Southern Baptist Convention, by paying one fourth of his 
expenses. In 1933, the church paid all the expenses. At pre- 
sent the church pays $100.00 toward the expenses of this trip. 

In 1934 the term of office was changed from the calendar 


year to the association year. 

1935 (A) Electiric lights were put in the church and the 

(B) First mention is made of Spring Association. 

(C) The office of "Church Announcer" was given to C P 

1939 (A) Saturday conference meeting days come to an 

(B) The church begins to have conference on the first Sun- 
day of each month. 

In 1940 Pastor was called to full time for the first time 
in the history of the church. 

In 1945 the first Vacation Bible School was conducted. 

1947 A trustee and finance committee was appointed, viz: 
Elford Willingham, Ben Moore, Gettys Scruggs. 

(B) The Baptist Courier was sent to every family of the 

In 1948 the first library committee was appointed. 
In 1949 the first telephone was put in the parsonage. 
In 1953 the fellowship building was used for the first time. 
In 1954 the church sponsored a basketball team for boys 
10—16 years of age. 

In 1955 the church began to operate a bus transporting peo- 
ple to and from the church. 

1956 (A) Departmental Sunday school work began. 

(B) Church observed first youth week. 

(C) The Educational building was dedicated. 

(D) For the first time the pastor got vacation with pay. 

(E) The caretaker began to serve full time. 

(F) A committee was appointed in the interest of films 
(visual aid) for the church. 



State Line Church membership 
State Line Church membership 
State Line Church membership 
State Line Church membership 

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The Broad River Association was organized; State Line 
Church, was a charter member of this organization. 
-1815 No record of associational minutes for this period. 
State Line Church membership 
(According to Benedict's History of Baptists). 
1819, 1820, 1822, These associational minutes do not re- 
port membership of the churches. 
No minutes found. 

State Line Church was admitted to the association 
again this year with a membership of 
(Logan's History) 
no report in minutes 






no minutes located 


no minutes located (29 joined) 


no minutes located 

no minutes located 













































































































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Allison, Jack 


Blanton, Mrs. O. B. 



Allison, Mrs. Jack 


Barnes, Roy 



Allison, Larence 


Barnes, Mrs. Roy 



Allison, Junior 


Bailey, Edna 



Allison, Hershel 


Bailey, Billy 



Atkinson, John R. 


Bailey, Jack 



Amos, Maynard 


Bridges, Talmadge 



Addington, Geraldme 


Bolton, Mary 



Albright, Mrs. James 


Beheler, Jannie Scruggs 



Albright, Bobby 


Byars, Minnie 



Albright, Betty 


Blaine, Lois Moseley 



Allen, Mr. Paul 


Bean, Mrs. Margaret 



Allen, Mrs. Paul 


Brown, Bessie Phillips 



Allen, Fay 


Bible, James 



Allen, Hugh 


Bible, Mrs. James 



Allen, Edwin 

(Mary Willie Cash) 



Allen, O'Neal 


Bible, Gail 



Blanton, Mr. A. D. 


Bratton, Weldon 



Blanton, Mrs. A. D. 


Bratton, Mrs. Weldon 


(Alverta Hamrick) 

(Imogene Scruggs) 



Blanton, Mr. Paul B. 


Batchelor, Albert 



Blanton, Mrs. Paul B. 


Batchelor, Mrs. Albert 


(Ezia Scruggs) 


Blackwell, Carl 



Blanton, Mrs. Alice 


Blackwell, Mrs. Carl 



Blanton, Donald 

(Evelyn Vassey) 



Blanton, Wayne 


Bostic, Don 



Blanton, Wanda 


Bostic, Mrs. Don 


Blanton, Mr. O. B. 

(Merle Harris) 

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83 1 

Blankenship, Mildred 
Camp, Claude 
Camp, Mrs. Claude 
Camp Mr. George J. 
Camp, Mrs. George J. 

(Ruth Henson) 
Camp, Boyce 
Camp, Ruth 
Camp, Bobby 
Camp, Betty 
Camp, Harold 
Camp, Lois 
Cash, Mrs. Fred 

(Irene Hamrick) 
Cash, Odell 
Cash, Mrs. Odell 
Cash, Buford 
Cash, Mrs. Buford 
(Ruth Jackson) 
Cash, Jerry 
Collins, G. C. 
Collins, Mrs. G. C. 

(Ann Hamrick) 
Collins, Arthur 
Collins, Mrs. Arthur 

(Jamie Blanton) 
Collins, Frances 
Collins, Lucile 
Collins, Clara Mae 
Collins, Earl 
Collins, Frs. Earl 
Collins, Keith 
Collins, Jacqualine 

Collins, Arthur Bates 
Collins, Linda 
Collins, Dianne 
Collins, Sylvia 
Cash, Betty 
Cash, Bobby 
Cromer, Cleo 

86 Cooper, R. E. 

87 Cooper, Verdie 

83 Carter, Homer 
39 Champion, John 

90 Champion, Mrs. John 

91 Champion, James 

92 Champion, Catherine 

93 Champion, Lois 

94 Cole, Julia 

95 Cantrell, Frank M. 

96 Cantrell, Mrs. Frank 

97 Cantrell, Mrs. Wayland 

(Joyce Baker) 
98. Champion, Edith 

99 Champion, Mrs. James 

100 Crane, J. D. 

101 Cash, Defoe 

102 Cash, Mrs. Bobby 

(Kay McDaniel) 

103 Cash, Mrs. Defoe 

104 Davis, Tan E. 

105 Davis, Joe 

106 Davis, Nora 

107 Davis, Bobby 

108 Davis, Frances 

109 Dawnie, Henry 

110 Dawnie Thurmond 

111 Dunean, Dexter 

112 Dunean, Nancy 

113 Durham, Mrs. Sam 

114 Davis, Opal 

(Opal McGinnis) 

115 Edmunds, Herbert Z. 

116 Edmunds Mrs Herbert Z 

117 Elmore, Mrs. Ira 

118 Epley, Charles 

119 Edmunds, Jack Z. 

120 Edmunds, Joyce Gale 

121 Green, C. P. 

122 Green, Mrs. C. P. 

(Ada Vassey) 
123. Green, O. M. 

124 Green, Mrs. O. M. 

125 Green, Carlyle 

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126 Green, Mrs. Caryle 

127 Green, Max 
123 Green, Mrs. E. R. 

129 Green, J. R. 

130 Green, Ira 

131 Green, Elizabeth 


132 Gold, C. A. 

133 Gold, Mrs. C. A. 

(Verdie Greene) 

134 Godfrey, Floyd 

135 Gault, Glenn 

136 Greene, James R. 

137 Greene, Roy 
136 Greene, Mrs. J. R. 

139 Giles, Mrs. Bob 

(Maude Hamrick) 

140 Hamrick, J. M. 

141 Harmick, Mrs. J. M. 

142 Hamrick, Gould 

143 Hamrick, Mrs. Gould 

(Pearle Vassey) 

144 Hamrick.James 

145 Hamrick, J. Y. 

146 Hamrick, Mrs. J. Y. 

(Jewel Hammett) 

147 Hamrick, Elmer 

148 Hamrick, Mrs. Elmer 

(Betty Bailey) 

149 Hamrick, Vance 

150 Hamrick, J. C. 

151 Hamrick, Mrs. J. C. 

(Lula Bell Parris) 
153 Hamrick, George 

152 Hamrick, Aaron 

155 Hamrick, Mrs. Edna 

156 Hamrick, Martha Parris 

157 Hamrick, Carolyn 

158 Harris, Aaron 

159 Harris, Mrs. Aaron 

160 Harris, Lorena 

161 Harris, Mrs. J. L. 

162 Harris, Dean 

163 Harris, Mrs. Dean 

164 Harris, Ruby 

165 Harris, Rush 

166 Harris, Betty 

167 Harris, Gean 
163 Harris, Johnny 

169 Harris, Salem 

170 Harris, Carl 

171 Harris, Mrs. Carl 

172 Harris, Alfred 

173 Hames, Oscar 

174 Hames, Mrs. Oscar 
(Annie Camp) 

175 Hames, Charles Ed 

176 Harmon, George 

177 Harmon, Mrs. George 
(Ozell Cash) 

178 Harmon, Greta 

179 Hutchins, Nora 

180 Hutchins, Ethel 

181 Hicks, Mrs. R. Z. 
132 Hicks, Bill 
183 Henderson, Thelma 

134 Humphries, Ruth 

185 Humphries, Herbert 

186 Humphries, Mrs. 

187 Humphries, Barbara 

188 Hall, V. L. 

189 Hall, Mrs. V. L. 

190 Hall, Ruth 

191 Hayes, Undean Potter, 

192 Hoots, Mrs. Betty 
(Betty Ramsey) 

193 Hamrick, Brenda 

194 Harris, Barbara 

195 Harris, Guynelle 
19S Harris, Gaynelle 

197 Hoots, Burma 

198 Hoots, Donna 

199 Humphries, Robert Earl 

200 Humphries, Judy 

201 Jolley, Mrs. V. L. 

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Jolley, Ressie 



Jolley, Gifton 



Jolley, T. J. 



Jolley, Mrs. Edith 



Jolley, Sidney 



Jolley, Furman 



Jolley, Sarah 



Jolley, Floyd 



Jolley, Mrs. Floyd 


(Alta Price) 



Jolley, Caroll 



Jackson, J. I. 


Jackson, Mrs. J. I. 



Jackson, Paul 



Jackson, Mrs. Paul 

(Hiley McGinnis) 



Jackson, Mrs. Nanny 



Jackson, Dorothy 


Jackson, Barbara 



Jackson, Linda 



Jackson, Mrs. Inez 

(Inez Ramsey 



Jones, Mrs. Cliff 





Jones, J. R. 



Jones, Hoyle 



Jones, Berry 



Jones, Mrs. Berry 



Jones Ray 



Jones, Miles 



Jones, Dean 



Jenkins, Henry 



Jenkins, Broadus 



Jenkins, Mary 



Jenkins, Gustiann 



Jenkins, Jessie 



Jennings, Ernest 



Jones, Mrs. Hoyle 


(Hazel Painter) 



Jolley, Mary Willie 



Johnson, Rebecca 



Jones, Mrs. Ray 


Jackson, Judy 


Lefevers, Lucy C. 
Lowery, Gertrude 
Lankford, Rev. Lewis T. 
Lankford, Mrs. Lewis T. 
Lavender, Louise 
Lavendar, Juanita 
Mullinax, Mrs. J. P. 
Mullinax, James 
Mullinax, Jonah 
Moore, B. T. 
Moore, Mrs. B. T. 

(Ethel Scruggs) 
Moore, Ben 
Moore, Mrs. Ben 

(Kathryn Watson) 
Moore, Fred 
Moore, Mrs. Fred 

(Connie Jolley) 
Moore, Billy 
Moore, Mrs. Billy 

(Jean Sanders) 
Martin, Virgil 
Martin, Mrs. Virgil 
Martin, Benjamin 
Martin, Lucy 
Martin, Dorothy 
Martin, Mrs. Delia 
Martin, Nettie 
Martin, Fate 
Morgan, T. C. 
Mosley, Paul 
Mosley, Zelda 
Mosley, Ned Arthur 
Mosley, Ned Arthur 
McDaniel, L. W. 
McDaniel, Carl 
McDaniel, J. C. 
McGinnis, Broadus 
McGinnis, Mrs. Broadus 
McGinnis, Theo 
McGinnis, Mrs. Theo 

(Ruth Collins) 
McGinnis, Luree 







McGinnis, Kuster 317 

McGinnis, Clara 313 

McGinnis, Joe Harrell 319 
McCraw, Mrs. Broadus 320 

McCraw, Lucy 321 

McCraw, Effie 322 

McCray, Summie 323 

McCraw, Z. M. 324 

McCraw, Mrs. Z. M. 325 

McCraw, Eugene 326 

McCraw, Etheleen 327 

McCraw, Eula 328 

McCraw, Mrs. Summie 329 

Martin, Harold 330 

McGinnis, Priscilla 331 

Moore, Cynthia Lynn 332 

McCraw, Lissie 333 

McGinnis, Mrs. Joe 334 

Harrell 335 

(Evelyn Vickers) 336 

McDaniels, Mrs. C. D. 337 

McDaniel, Mrs. Agnes 338 


Nanny, Clark 339 

Nanny, Sam 340 

Nolan, Marie 341 

Nolen, Geraldine 342 

Nolen, Charles 343 

Nolen, Ann 344 

Newton, Edd 345 

Newton, Harry Lee 346 

Owens, Mary Sue 347 

Parris, Horace 348 

Parris, Mrs. Horace 349 

Parris Glenn 350 
Parris, Ernest 

Parris, Mrs. Ernest 351 

Parris, James 352 

Parris, Franklin 353 
Parris, Bryson 

Parris, Mrs. Bryson 354 

(Almeda Ruppe) 355 

Parris, Howard 356 

Parris, Belt 
Parris, Mrs. Belt 
Parris, Dewey 
Parris Getty 
Parris, Alice 
Parris, Rachel 
Parris, Johnny 
Parris, Inez 
Parris, Agnes 
Parris, Roscoe 
Parris, Mrs. Roscoe 
Parris, Grady 
Parris, George 
Parris, Mrs. George 
Parris Mrs. Eolus 
Parris, Boyce Lee 
Parris, Mrs. Boyce Lee 
Parris, Owen 
Parris, Gwendolyn 
Parris, Nelson 
Phillips, John 
Phillips, Mrs. John 
(Nannie Lee Selvy) 
Phillips, Mrs. B. J. 
Phillips, Mrs. Wilkes 
Phillips, Norris 
Phillips, Sherley Ann 
Phillips, Dorothy 
Painter, Lonnie 
Painter, Sallie 
Price, Willie 
Price, Maggie 
Price, Floyd 
Price, Mrs. Floyd 
Price, Mrs. Howard 
(Genelle Yelton) 
Price, Howard 
Potter O. G. 
Potter,' Mrs. O. G. 
(Mary Vassey) 
Potter, Neal 
Potter, Dorene 
Potter, Maxine 

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357 Powell, Mrs. Wilson 398 

358 Powell, Broadus 399 

359 Patrick Madge Hamrick 400 
360. Peeler, J. O., Sr. 401 

361 Peeler, Herbert 402 

362 Peeler Shuford 403 

363 Peeler,' Alice 404 

364 Peeler, Katie 405 

365 Peeler, J. O., Jr. 406 

366 Peeler, Mrs. J. O., Jr. 

367 Peeler, Ralph 407 

368 Peeler, Shelby Jean 408 

369 Parris Mrs. James 409 

370 Parrisj Lee 410 

371 Phillips, Patricia 411 

372 Parris, Mrs. Glenn 

373 Phillips, Jim (J. B.) 412 

374 Phillips, Mrs. Jim 413 

(Lorena Ray) 414 

375 Parris Danny Ed 415 

376 Ramsey, F. C. 416 

377 Ramsey, Mrs. F. C. 417 

(Bessie Walls) 418 

378 Ramsey, Gearth 419 

379 Ramsey, Mrs. Gearth 420 

380 Ramsey Rush 421 

381 Ramsey^ Mrs. Rush 422 

(Sue Mullinax) 423 

382 Ramsey, Gary 424 

383 Ramsey, Tommy 

384 Ramsey, Paul 425 

385 Ramsey, Mrs. Paul 426 

386 Ramsey, Paul Jr. 427 

387 Ramsey, Bobby 

388 Ramsey, Patricia 428 

389 Ramsey, Howard 429 

390 Ramsey Mrs. Howard 430 

391 Ramsey," Nancy 431 

392 Ramsey, John Russell 432 

393 Riddle, Irvin 433 

394 Ray, Bessie 434 

395 Reynolds, Dewey 435 
397 Reynolds, Agnes Camp 436 


Ruppe, Claude 
Ruppe, Mrs. Claude 
Ramsey, Margaret 
Ramsey Marian 
Russell, Mary Frances 
Russell, Brenda 
Russell, Bobby 
Revels, Odell 
Revels, Mrs. Odell 

(Agnes Harris) 
Revels, Aaron 
Revels, Syldia 
Russel, Jerry 
Scruggs, L. R. 
Scruggs, Mrs. L. R. 

(Nettie Hamrick) 
Scruggs, J. S. 
Scruggs, Mrs. J. S. 
Scruggs, Virginia 
Scruggs, Pearl 
Scruggs, R. J. 
Scruggs, C. L. 
Scruggs, Mrs. C. L. 
Scruggs P. G. 
Scruggs, Manard 
Scruggs, Corrie 
Scruggs, L. O. 
Scruggs, J. Gettys 
Scruggs, Mrs. J. Gettys 

(Flossie Jones) 
Scruggs, Walter 
Scruggs, Turner 
Scruggs, Mrs. Turner 

(Euzelia Hamrick) 
Scruggs Raymond 
Scruggs, Guy G. 
Scruggs, Mrs. Guy G. 
Scruggs, Vick 
Scruggs, Mary 
Scruggs, Bobo 
Scruggs, Willie Frances 
Scruggs, Mrs. Jonas 
Scruggs, Louise 

437 Scruggs, Annie Mae 474 

438 Scruggs, Lemuel 475 

439 Scruggs Flay 476 

440 Scruggs, Gerald 477 

441 Scruggs, Mrs. Earl 478 
(Doris Jean Parris; 479 

442 Scruggs, Earl 480 

443 Scruggs, Charles 431 

444 Scruggs, Robert 482 

445 Scruggs, M. B. 4a3 

446 Scruggs, Frances 

447 Scruggs, Brenda Ruth 484 

448 Scruggs, Kenneth 485 

449 Scruggs, Dwight 486 

450 Scruggs Mary Elizabeth 487 
(Beth) 4 88 

451 Scruggs, Mrs. Bobo 489 
(Virginia Kirby) 490 

452 Scruggs, Aliene 491 

453 Scruggs, W. T. 

454 Smith, Lee 49-2 

455 Spencer, Williard 493 

456 Spencer, Mrs. Williard 

457 Spencer, Maxine 494 

458 Spencer, Mrs. Mack 495 

459 Spencer, Dwight 496 

460 Spencer, Brenda 497 

461 Sellars, Edward 498 

462 Sellars, Mrs. Edward 499 
(Virginia Parris) 500. 

463 Starnes, M. A. 501 

464 Starnes, Mrs. M. A. 502 

465 Starnes, Frieda 503 

466 Starnes, Joe 504 

467 Starnes .Joyce 505 

468 Skipper, Margaret 506 
469. Swofford, Bryson 507 

470 Swofford, Patsy Gail 508 

471 Starnes, Patsy 509 

472 Stephans, Charlie 510 

473 Stephans, Mrs. Charlie 


Thrift, Reba Powell 
Thrift, Tilda 
Thrift, Geraldine 
Thrift, Douglas 
Thrift, Doris 
Thrift, Christine 
Tessiner, Willie 
Tate, Beaulah 
Turner, Chaphinia 
Thompson, Mrs. Guy 
(Marjorie Parris) 
Vassey, Mrs. L. C.,Sr. 
Vassey, L. C, Jr. 
Vassey, Russell 
Vassey, Mrs. Weldon 
Vassey, Mrs. J. N. 
Vassey, John L. 
Willingham, E. C, Sr. 
Willingham, Mrs. E. C. 

Willingham Elford C. Jr 
Willingham, Mrs. Elford 
(Gracie McGinnrs) 
Willingham, Terry 
Wyatt, Boyd 
Wyatt, Virginia 
Wyatt, Ralph 
Wyatt, Pearl 
Wilson, Veraia 
Warren, Pasha Parris 
Watkins, Robert A. 
Watkins, Mrs. Robert A 
Weaver, Billy Jean 
White, Mrs. Charles 
White, Agnes 
White, Carrol 
White, Leon 
White, William 
White, Randy 
Reynolds Luke 


According to the historical sketch from the 1900 minutes 
of the Broad River Association a Sunday School was first 
organized at State Line about 1841. 

Charles Smith Wilkins Scruggs, the son of the Rev. Drury 
Scruggs, was the first superintendent. "Charlie" Scruggs was 
a deacon and took an active part in the work of the church 
before he was called into military service during the war. 

He died in the year of 1862 from an illness contracted 
while fighting for the South during the War Between the 

After the war his personal slave attendant returned to 
Virginia, exhumed the body, and brought it to South Carolina 
where it was placed in the Scruggs family cemetery, which 
is now located on the property of his granddaughter, Mrs. 
Ethel Scruggs Moore. 

Relatives of Charlie Scruggs are in possession of the last 
letter received by his wife, Stokes Camp Scruggs and child- 
ren, from the husband and father. One has but to read this 
letter to know the character and inmost desires of a Chris- 
tian soldier at war.. The letter follows: 

Camp Capers, H. L. June 3rd, 1862 
Dear Wife and Family, 

As I have a leisure moment I will take my pen and paper 
to inform you that I am well at this time and as well 
satisfied as could be expected under existing circumstances, 
satisfied as could be experted under existing circumstances. 
Brothers and the Company are generally well and in good 
spirits. They would glory in getting into a fight. They have 
been confined in camp until they would fight like wild cats- 
The report here is that Stonewall Jackson has crossed over 
the Potomac and is making his way to the city of Washing- 
ton. I hope the report is true and that the God of Battles 
may be with him and guide him safe through the city and 
bring him out victorious. O may it be the will of the God 
of Battles that we may gain a complete victory over the 
Hessians and may it be His will that the day is not far 
distant when we may return home to our families in peace 
as in gone by days. I do think if our wives and fathers and 
mothers would unite their prayers with those of the Soldiers 

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who have an interest in your prayers for the God of Battles 
to be with us and go before us and guide us through safe 
and bring us out victorious and have faith to believe that he 
will answer our prayers, I do think we would soon have 
peace for the prayers of the righteous will avail much, but 
if we go on Galeo like caring for none of these things, we 
need not expect peace soon, if at all, for the Almighty has in- 
tended this war for some purpose unknown to us, and if we 
expect His blessings we must ask for nothing doubting and 
He will bless us. My Dear, I think of you and your little 
ones both day and night, and pray the blessings of the 
Almighty upon you and may He be with you to comfort you 
in your troubles and be a Father to your little ones is my 
prayer. I hope you are getting on as well as could be 
expected with your little crop. You must try to manage for 
yourself, for we can't tell what the future will be. If you 
need anything that you can't get, you must get Father to 
get it for you, and tell him to hire someone to cut your 
wheat if he can get anyone. I want to come home if I can 
get off, but I think the chance a bad one, and 
have no idea I will get off, but I assure you I will come 
as soon as I can, but if I don't get to come until peace is 
made, I hope I will live to see that day, and then I can 
come home with some hopes of staying, but until peace is 
made we can't expect much enjoyment together for if I 
come home I would have to come back. So there is but 
little enjoyment in time of war at home or abroad. All I 
say is do the best you can and don't take things too much to 
heart, but remember what your father used to say, Hope for 
the best. I hope these lines may come to hand and find you 
all well and doing well. Nancy and Joshua, I will write you 
you a few lines to let you know I think of you. I hope you 
are well and good children and try to do what is right and 
mind your Mother, for that is your duty. You must be good 
to your little brother and sister, and tell them to be good 
children. Emmey, you and Flavy must nurse little Ida and 
tell her to be a good baby till papa comes home. You must 
all be good children for Jesus loves good children, and if 
you are good children and should die, you will go to 
Heaven, but if you are bad children, and die, you will go 
to the bad place where all bad people go. I want you to 
read your Bible and other good books and learn all you 
can. So no more this time, but say Howdy, my children. 

— 99 — 


Stokes, you can send us some parched and ground rye if 
you can get any. No, more, but remain your companion and 
parent in bonds of love until death. 

C. S. W. Scruggs. 

There is no record of Sunday School at State Line from 
1841 to 1872 except that the Associational letter of 1866 was 
to include a statement that this church had organized a 
Sunday School. 

We can assume that the war years of 1861 to 1865 account 
for the ceasing of the Sunday School work. During this 
period and the reconstruction years which followed, neither 
the churches nor the association kept accurate reports of 
the Sunday Schools. From the association minutes we have 
arranged a list of the Sunday School Superintendents, sec- 
retaries, and the enrollment. Some years the report was 





C. S. W. Scruggs 

(Church voted in favor of Sunday School) 

A school was reported to association 

No school was reported 

A school was reported 


M. B. Scruggs 
M. B. Scruggs 
M. B. Scruggs 
C. W. Moore 

C. W. Moore 
T. Hames 

D. S. Scruggs 
D. S. Scruggs 
O. C. Hames 
D. S. Scruggs 
D. S. Scruggs 
D. S. Scruggs 
D. S. Scruggs 
M. B. Scruggs 
D. S. Scruggs 
D. S. Scruggs 
D. S. Scruggs 
M. B. Scruggs 
D. S. Scruggs 
D. S. Scruggs 

D. S. Scruggs 

John Harrell 
J. P. Davis 
O. C. Hames 
B. Ray 
B. Ray 





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D. S. Scruggs 
D. S. Scruggs 
H. P. Hall 
H. P. Hall 
W. G. Camp 
O. W. Vassey 
O. W. Vassey 
J. G. Parris 
J. G. Parris 
W. G. Camp 
O. M. Green 
O. M. Green 
O. M. Green 
J. W. Camp 
J. W. Camp 
C. F. Blanton 
O. W. Vassey 
O. W. Vassey 
H. Henderson 
P. Green 
P. Green 
P. Green 
P. Green 
P. Green 
Carvus Hames 
C. P. Green 
C. P. Green 
C. P. Green 
C. P. Green 
C. P. Green 
C. P. Green 
C. P. Green 
P. Green 
P. Green 
P. Green 
P. Green 
P. Green 
J. P. Mullinax 
J. P. Mullinax 
Arthur Collins 
Arthur Collins 
Arthur Collins 
C. P. Green 

W. Gaston Camp 

Clyde Henderson 
Christine Camp 
Broadus McGinnis 
Douglas Scruggs 
Douglas Scruggs 
Euzelia Hamrick 
Euzelia Hamrick 
Euzelia Hamrick 
Velma Green 
Hiley McGinnis 
Hazel Hamrick 
Hazel Hamrick 
Hazel Hamrick 
Hazel Hamrick 
Hazel Hamrick 
Clara Mae Collins 
Clara Mae Collins 
Clara Mae Collins 
Clara Mae Collins 
Clara Mae Collins 
Novella Mullinax 
Ruby Scruggs 
Ruby Scruggs 







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C. P. Green 
C. P. Green 
M. A. Starnes 
Buford Cash 
Buford Cash 
Buford Cash 
Buford Cash 
Buford Cash 
Buford Cash 
Buford Cash 
Buford Cash 
Buford Cash 


Mae Collins 
Mae Collins 
Mae Collins 
Mae Collins 
Mae Collins 
Mae Collins 
Mae Collins 
Mae Collins 
Mae Collins 
Mae Collins 
Mae Collins 
Mae Collins 


State Line, throughout some of the early years of Sunday 
School work, held mission Sunday Schools in school houses 
One such school sent in a report to the association in 1884 
It was called State Line Academy Sunday School and was 
held m the Camp school house. J. J. Camp was superinten- 
dent, J. P. Davis was- sercetary and the enrollment was 53. 

Another stjcft sefrooj was held in the school house where 
Guy Scruggs' home is now, and M B. Scruggs was the 
superintendent there. 

Eventually these mission Sunday Schools were discontinued 
and the members were enrolled m the State Line Sunday 
School. Gaston Camp has kept the Sunday School roll book 
that was used at State Line Church in 1906. It should prove 
interesting to many to see this roll for it will surely bring 
back many pleasant memories of days gone by. 


H. P. Hall, Superintendent O. C. Hames 

D. S. Scruggs, Secretary and C. P. Green, Teacher of 

assistant singing clerk 
G J. Scruggs, Assistant Sec 
W. P. Vassey 
R. B. Scruggs 
J. N. Vassey 
Zeb McCraw 
B. Ray, Singing Clerk 
S. B. Byars 
Walter Price 
J. W. Wilson 

Junior males 
T. S. Camp 
B. H. Hopper 
Bud Vassey 
J. L. Hopper 
G. C. Collins 
J. R. Cantrell 
O. W. Vassey, 

Teacher of Primary boys 
George Parris 

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Walter Ray 

Ezra Cantrell 

Eliphus Parris 

Oscar Hames 

Belton Parris 

Boyd Vassey 

B - B. Hames 

Willie Hamrick 

Clarence Hames 
Dewey Scruggs 
T. S. Durham 
Oscar Parris 
Jade Byars 
M. J. Hicks 
J. S. Parris 
H. B. Petit 


Mrs. A. E. Camp 
Miss Abie Hooper, Organist 
& teacher of advance 
Mrs. Emma Vassey 
Miss Bessie Phillips 
Miss Ada Vassey 
Miss Emma Durham 
Miss Mamie Phillips 

Primary teacher 
Miss Myrtle Durham 
Miss Maudie Durham 
Miss Vernie Wilson 
Miss Ezie Scruggs 
Miss Ozie Scruggs 
Miss Neely Wilson 
Miss Lonnie Parris 
Miss Mary Camp 
Miss Minnie Phillips 
Miss Edna Durham 
Miss Mary Durham 
Mrs. Alice S. Ray 
Mrs. Madora Ray 
Miss Nettie Hamrick 
Miss Eula Scruggs, 
Assistant Organist 

D- L. Cantrell 
Guy Scruggs 
Robert Cooper 
Gairy Cooper 
Paul Scruggs 
Robert Camp 
J- S. Scruggs 
Curtis Cantrell 
James Phillips 
M. C. Price 
Clyde Scruggs 
Webb Davis 
N. E. Ray 
George Parris 
L. M. Hopper 

Miss Carl Scruggs 
Miss Mattie Byrd 
Miss Ada Moslev 
Miss Lelia Byrd 
- Miss Phyma Byrd 
Miss Sadie Padgett 
Miss Irene Hamrick 
Miss Fanny Mosley 
Miss Myrtle Hopper 
Miss Corrie Hames 
Miss Carrie Hames 
Miss Ruby Hopper 
Miss Lizzie Byrd 
Miss Minnie Vassey 
Miss Pratt Davis ' 
Miss Nora Davis 
Miss Minnie Davis 
Miss Addie Scoggins 
Mrs.^Nora Camp 
Mrs: Mira Bolten 
Mrs. James Beheler 
Florence Bolten 
Dovie Porter 
Rachel Irven 
Clara Cantrell 
Nannie Porter 

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Maggie Porter 
Maude Hamrick 
Myra Hicks 

Lizzie Hicks 
Annie Hamrick 

In the church minutes of 1914 we find a resolution of re- 
spect to Drury Sampson Scruggs who served for 13 years 
as Sunday School superintendent, and as church clerk for 
about 19 years. He had been ordained as a deacon about 1892. 


Whereas, God in His wisdom removed from our midst our 
friend and Brother, D. S. Scruggs, our hearts are sad, but 
our sorrow is touched with joy as we know that his suffer- 
ings are over and that he has left an influence that is living, 
and will continue to live after him. 

1st, Therefore, be it resolved by the State Line Church 
and Sunday School, that while we bow in submission to the 
will of him who doeth all things well, we are filled with 
sorrow on account of our loss. 

2nd, That our church and Sunday School has lost one of 
its most loyal and efficient members and deacons. 

3rd, That a life so rich in Christian virtues cannot but 
leave an influence for good upon the lives of all who knew 

4th That we extend our tenderest sympathy and prayers 
tc his children and host of friends. 

5th, That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the 
records of our church and Sunday School, also a copy be 
sent to the county papers for publication. 

O. M. Green 

C. F. J. Scruggs 
W. J. Henderson 


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The first recorded information pertaining to Training Union 
at State Line was in 1922, when the associational minutes 
listed Miss Emma Parris as president of B. Y. P. U. The 
number enrolled at that time is not known. Only one unit 
was reported until 1929, when the organization was divided 
into a Senior and a Junior B. Y. P. U. In 1934 a third unit, 
the Story Hour was added. Four units were reported in 1949, 
five units in 1953; and seven units in 1956. In our local 
minutes the name "B. Y. P. U." changed to Baptist Training 
Union in 1936. 

Following is an incomplete list of Directors, and the num- 
ber enrolled since the beginning of Training Union: 




Miss Emma Parris 
C. P. Green 
Onie Mullinax 
Lawton Moore 
Lawton Moore 
Douglas Scruggs 
Arthur Collins 
Jonah Mullinax 
Carvas Hames 
Paul Blanton 
Paul Blanton 
Paul Blanton 
Paul Blanton 
O. M. Green 
A. D. Blanton 
Arthur Collins 
Archie Parris 
Paul Blanton 
Arthur Collins 
Arthur Collins 

Paul Blanton 
Paul Blanton 
Broadus Hames 
Broadus Hames 
Mrs. Jeta Baker 












Paul Blanton 


Paul Blanton 


Paul Blanton 


O. G. Potter 


Paul Blanton 


Paul Blanton 


Paul Blanton 


Paul Blanton 


Paul Blanton 







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In order to appreciate and understand the missionary ef- 
forts of State Line Church, one must know a little about 
the missionary awareness of the south at large. Prior to 
1900, missionary information was gathered largely from 
letters and articles sent by the missionaries to their families, 
and to the religious journals, which were published in those 
days. During the latter 1800's Churches of Broad River 
Association received their information on the foreign mission 
field from the letters that the Association's own missionary, 
Rev. W. E. Crocker, sent to the Association each year. Many 
of these letters may be read in the old associational minutes. 
Rev. Crocker was stationed in China; and with him was 
Luther Rice, who visited State Line Church and others in 
the Broad River Association. So for a long time China was 
about the only field that State Line knew anything about 
Naturally, the vision of our forefathers was narrow; they 
did not see the fields "white unto harvest" throughout our 
wide world, and as a result, they were slow in responding 
to the need. However, records show that they were interest- 
ed, and did contribute. In the later 1800's and early 1900's 
most churches, including State Line, gave annual designated 
most churches, induing State Line, gave annual designated 
contributions to the three mission fields. The earliest record 
in our church minutes of a contribution of this kind was 
in 1852, when $2.50 was "collected to be sent up to the 
association in the name of the church." Records of similar 
collections occured in 1873, 1882, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1889, and 
1892. Today the different missionary fields are supported 
through the cooperative program, but back then people knew 
at the time of giving exactly which mission field they were 
helping, and their mood and interest at that particular time 
determined their gifts. As a result, these gifts were un- 
balanced, or out of proportion to the need, and various fields 
suffered greatly at the expense of other fields. All mission- 
ary efforts experienced a tremendous struggle for existence 
during the pioneering days, due to lack of funds and 
personnel. We suppose that State Line was typical of other 
churches during that period. Let us take note of the gifts 
that our church gave in 1906 and 1907. 

State Missions 

Home Missions 

Foreign Missions 

$ 2.69 




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In 1900 the great Ecumenical Missionary Conference was 
held in New York. Mission study had its origin in this meet- 
ing. Women's Missionary organizations that had been relying 
on letters and leaflets for informing their members, now 
had study books prepared for them by missionaries from 
different foreign fields. As the vision became broader more 
women became interested in this cause, and more societies 
were organized. The different associations seemed to have 
led out in this step. Just when the Woman of Broad River 
organized we do not know, but the record shows that in 
1904 the "Ladies Missionary Union"' of the Association held 
its meeting in a school near Antioch Church, where the 
Association met that year. This group was reorganized in 
1906 to form the Woman's Missionary Union of the Broad 
River Association. 

Study of old minutes point to the conclusion that our 
churches have somewhat depended on the women to take the 
lead in missionary awareness and support. In 1899 Keturah 
Scruggs (sister of Clyde and Jim Scruggs) and Carrie Ray 
(Mrs. Luther Vassey) were appointed in State Line Church 
to "collect mission money''. Again in 1908 we noticed that 
another of this kind was appointed, composed of Mrs. M, F. 
Hall, Mrs. Dorah Ray, Mrs. Jennie McCraw, and Mrs. A. E. 
Camp. The record also shows that for several years Mrs. O. 
M. Green was appointed by the church to "Collect mission 

The first record of the organization of the State Line 
Missionary Society was in 1911, when Mrs. Fannie Gold was 
president, and there were 13 members. Following are seven 
probable charter members: Mrs. Fannie Gold, Mrs. B. Ray, 
Mrs. Anna Liza Camp, Mrs. Lettie Henderson Cantrell, Mrs. 
Tillman Moore, Mrs. O. M. Greene, and Mrs. C. P. Greene. 
For the next few years Mrs. Ella Camp and Mrs. Tillman 
Moore served as President. In 1915 the church agreed to 
hold a "Missionary Rally" and invite Bro. W. E. Crocker, 
Missionary to China, to be present. Whether these plans 
materialized or not, the record does not show, but the church 
seemed to have had a "missionary awakening" from that 

The record reveals that the Sunbeam Band is older than 
the W. M. S., for we find that this group was organized in 
1908, and has been fairly strong ever since. Mrs. Lizzie Camp 

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was the first Sunbeam leader. Other units began to organize, 
according to the record, around 1929-1930. There were four 
units reported to the association in 1930. They were Sun- 
beams, G.A's R. A.'s, and W. M. S. The Y W A's was not 
organized until 1931, with 17 members. During this year, 
1931, the quarterly district W.M.U. meeting was held at State 
Line. In 1936 the G.A.'s divided into Junior and Intermediate 
groups, making a total of six missionary organizations. A 
few years ago the R.A.'s were divided into two groups, and 
in 1957 the Brotherhood began sponsoring this organization. 
At the time of writing the leaders and membership of the 
various organizations are: 

Sunbeams 6 Members 

Mrs. Ozell Cash Harmon, Counselor 
Mrs. Paul Jackson, Assistant 

Junior G. A. 12 members 

Mrs. Ben Moore, Counselor 

Miss Frances Scruggs, Assistant 

Intermediate G. A. 15 members 

Mrs. J. Y. Hamrick, Counselor 
Mrs. A. D. Blanton, Assistant 

Y. W. A. 13 members 

Mrs. John Phillips, Counselor 
Miss Clara Mae Collins, Assistant 

Junior R. A. 7 members 

Mr. Paul Ramsey, Counselor 
Mrs. Paul Ramsey, Assistant 

Intermediate R. A. 

Mrs. Hoyle Jones, Counselor 
Rev. L. T. Lankford, Assistant 

Since 1954, the W. M. U. has held an annual coronation 
and recognition service for G. A.'s and R. A.'s During 1957 
service two young girls, Wanda Blanton and Brenda Scruggs 
received the highest award given ' in Girl's Auxiliary, that 
of Queen Regent. Awards were also presented to 5 Queens, 
2 Princesses, 3 Ladies-in-Waiting, and 3 Maidens. During 
this same service Terry Willingham was recognized as Am- 


bassador in Royal Ambassadors, also 1 Knight, 1 Squire, and 
2 Pages were recognized. 

For a number of years the circle plan has been followed 
in the W.M.S. The church has, in 1957, three circles meeting 
once a month in the homes of members. The three circles 
meet jointly once a month at the church for a missionary 
program. Circle Chairmen for 1956-1957 are: 

Circle No. 1 — 11 members 

Mrs. L. T. Lankford, Chairman 

Circle No. 2 — 14 members 

Mrs. Herbert Edmonds, Chairman 

Circle No. 3 — 13 members 
Mrs. Buford Cash, Chairman 

Besides educating its members in missions, there is another 
phase of W.M.U. work that has greatly helped the State Line 
Community. This is the community missions program, which 
has for its purpose the salvation of the lost, relief of suffer- 
ing, and strengthening of Christian standards, the ladies have 
always been ready to help their sick and suffering, their 
burdened and grieved neighbors. 

The records of the W. M. S. organizations have not been 
filed every year, and we find many "gaps" as to its leader- 
ship. Following is an incomplete list of W. M. S. Presidents: 


Mrs. Fannie Gold 

Mrs. Ella Camp 
Mrs. Tillman Moore 

Mrs. A. L. Hamrick 
Mrs. A. L. Hamrick 

Mrs. Tillman Moore 
Mrs. Tillman Moore 

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Mrs. Tillman Moore 
Mrs. C. A. Gold 

Mrs. O. M. Greene 
Mrs. O. M. Greene 

Mrs. Tillman Moore 
Mrs. O. M. Greene 
Mrs. Paul Ramsey 
Mrs. Paul Ramsey 
Mrs. Paul Ramsey 
Mrs. Ben Moore 
Mrs. Paul Ramsey 
Mrs. Ben Moore 
Mrs. Ben Moore 
Mrs. Ben Moore 
Mrs. Ben Moore 
Mrs. Ben Moore 
Mrs. Sue M. Ramsey 
Mrs. Sue M. Ramsey 
Mrs. Sue M. Ramsey 
Mrs. Sue M. Ramsey 
Mrs. Gettys Scruggs 
Mrs. Gettys Scruggs 


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Miss Hyraa Starnes was born June 4, 1931 at Chesnee, 
and attended State Line Grammar School and Chesnee High 
School. She graduated from Limestone College with the 
Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1952. 

After graduation from college she worked for two years 
as case worker with the Rutherford County Department of 
Public Welfare. Feeling that God was calling her to full 
time Christian service, she accepted a call from the 
Tennessee River Baptist Association, Bryson City, North 
Carolina as associational missionary and served in that 
capacity for two years. Feeling the need for further training 
in the field of Christian work, she resigned in January, 1956 
to attend Carver School of Missions and Social Work, Louis- 
ville, Kentucky, and received the Master of Religious Educa- 
tion Degree from that school in 1957. Upon completing work 
for the degree at Carver School, she accepted a call from 
the First Baptist Church, Bryson City, North Carolina to 
serve as Promotional Secrtary. 

— 115 — 


The Brotherhood was organized in 1954, with a member- 
ship of 20. The first president was Mr. M. A. Starnes. Other 
presidents have been: 

1955 20 Members Mr. Elford C. Willingham 

1956 30 members, incuding R. A. Mr. Herbert Z. Edmunds 

1957 Mr. Buford Cash 


Several interested members began donating books to the 
church around 1948. When the church realized how helpful 
the books were, it began adding to the collection, and in a 
few years a fund for library books was included in the 
budget. The size of the library was very limited at first 
because of lack of space, but upon the completion of the 
Educational Building, adequate space was provided just to 
rear of the auditorium. 

Church librarians have been: 

Mrs. Lorena R. Phillips 

Mrs. Elford Willingham 

Miss Frances Collins 

Mrs. F. C. Ramsey 

Mrs. Ben Moore 

Miss Brenda Scruggs 


Music has played an important part in the worship ser- 
vices and in the history of State Line. Older members from 
other churches have said that they always enjoyed coming 
to State Line "for they had such good singing there.'' Of 
course good singing reflects good leading, and State Line has 
always been fortunate in having some of its own flock to 
serve in this capacity. "Song masters", "singing clerks," or 
"singing teachers", as they were often called in the early 
years, have been men of faith who, loved the Lord and who 
led the singing with spirit and fervor and all who could 
sing, joined in the praise to God. 

We appreciate the early leaders more when we are re- 
minded of the fact that for about 119 years there was no 

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musical instrument at all in the church. To be able to "pitch'' 
the music without an instrument surely reveals the natural 
God-given talent that these leaders possessed. 

The committee was privileged to see a copy of perhaps 
the first song book ever used by the church. The backs were 
destroyed and we do not know the name of the book, but 
it was about four by six inches in size, and about two inches 
thick. There were no notes at all, only titles, words, and 
authors. It resembled a small book of poetry. It is understood 
that several hymns were sung to the same familiar tune. 
Another early song book was The Christian Harmony, used 
by many churches of old. This book used shaped notes 
throughout, as did most of the hymn books of that day. In 
our present day hymnals we find many of the same old 
hymns that our ancestors sang five, six, and seven genera- 
tions ago in this same beloved church. The association 
minutes reveal that Amazing Grace and From Greenland's 
Icy Mountains were the two most favored hymns of early 
years. Some of the song books that have been used by the 
church are: 

Christian Harmony 

Kingdom Songs 

Songs of Faith 

Living Words 

Modern Hymnal 

Little Evangel 

Revival Gems 

Broadman Hymnal 

At present the Broadman Hymnal is used in the worship 
service, and in the Intermediate, Young People's and Adult 
Sunday School Departments. Worship and Conduct Songs is 
used in the Beginner and Primary Departments: and Songs 
for Juniors is used in the Junior Department. 

State Line purchased its first organ for the auditorium in 
1913, and this was replaced by a piano in 1926. A second 
piano was purchased in 1940, and a third in 1956. At present 
the church also has a piano in the Fellowship Building and six 
pianos in the Sunday School Department. 

At various times during the history of the church, 
singing schools have been taught, the over-all purpose of 
which has been to have better singing in the church. Both 
young children and adults have benefited by these schools. 

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An interesting reference to Singing Schools occured in the 
church minutes of 1857. Mr. William Lovelace was granted 
the liberty of teaching a singing school at the church, "pro- 
viding he keeps good order." 

Following is an incomplete List of choristers, organists, and 
pianists who have been largely responsible for the music in 
State Line Church: 


D. L. Vassey 

J. T. Wood 

J. G. Parris (Jimmy) 

B. Ray 

Bergan Blanton 

Oscar Vassey 

P. E. McSwain 

Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Blanton 

Arthur Collins 

O. G. Potter 


Mrs. Janie Hicks Jolley 

Miss Perry Blanton 

Miss Maggie Blanton 

Miss Nora Blanton 

Miss Brentice Vassey 

Mrs. Carl Gold 

Mrs. Vera Camp 

Mrs. Gracie McGinnis Willingham 

— 119 — 


In the spring of 1939 Rev. J. N. Watson planned the first 
Vacation Bible School. All the workers were enlisted and 
the date set for early summer. However, these plans never 
materialized because of the polio epidemic that invaded our 
state that year. Health officials thought it unwise to have 
public gatherings for children. The record does not mention 
Bible School again until 1943, when Mrs. Marvin Dameron 
was principal. There are no statistics to support, the fact, 
but we bellieve we have had Vacation Bible School ever 
since. The object of the school is to reach, teach, and train 
every child in the entire church community. A number of 
conversions have resulted from Bible School. The church bus 
has helped to make the Bible Schools successful. The follow- 
ing have served as principals: 

Mrs. Marvin Dameron 
Mrs. Jeta Baker 
Mrs. Fred Moore 



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The words sexton, or janitor, or caretaker do not occur 
in the minutes before 1908. Occasionally they mention 
"doorkeepers." Older members say that the church house 
was cared for free of charge by deacons, laymen, or whoever 
happened to arrive early, or live near the church. Members 
of the Ray family have been heard to say that they enjoyed 
cleaning the church and sweeping the grounds around it. It 
is interesting to compare the duties of the early sexton with 
those of the present sexton. In 1909 William Henderson 
agreed by contract to do the following for ?6.50 a year: 

1. Open and closedoors. 

2. Raise and lower windows. 

3. Sweep house 

4. Keep oil in lamps, if it is kept at church. 

5. Keep water for minister. 

6. Cut wood if it is kept in the yard. 

7. See that visitors and congregation are seated when 
there is room. 

8. Look after tools that belong to the cemetery. 

Following is an incomplete list of sextons and their salaries: 


Oscar Vassey 

$2.92 year 


William Henderson 

$6.50 year 


Brother Wyatt 


D. L. Cantrell 

$6.50 year 


$12.00 year 


Gesham Henderson 

$12.00 year 


Walter Ray 

$25.00 year 


Bryan Henderson 


O. M. Green 


Wilson Powell 

$48.00 year 


Odus Powell 


Odus Powell 


Theo McGinnis 




Fred Cash 

$30.00 Month 


O. G. Potter, $7.50 

, 50c per extra r 


$10.00 per week 


John Champion (full time) 

$15.00 per week and house. 

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Reoding from left to right: 0. M. Green, Mrs. C. A. Gold, C. P. Green. 


The church history committee wishes to pay an honorary 
tribute to the Brothers, Odus M. and C Pink Green and 
their sister, Verdie Green Gold. 

They came to the State Line eommuity in the early years 
of nineteen hundred. They brought their church letters 
from Double Springs Baptist Church and were received 
into full fellowship with this church. Throughout .the years 
the church has elected them to various offices; these duties 
they have accepted and have faithfully and efficiently 
carried out. 

C. P. Green joined this church by letter February 19, 
1906. He was elected church treasurer in 1916 and served in 
this office at different times. 

He taught a Sunday School Class prior to being elected 
Sunday School superintendent in 1923. This office he held 
for a total of twenty years. He has served on .the board of 
deacons, and has also served on the executive committee 
of the association. One of his most recent services was that 
of being superintendent of the Extension department of the 
Sunday School this year .1956 — 1957. 

O. M. Green joined by letter February 20, 1909. He was 
elected church clerk, October 6, 1909. He was ordained as 
a deacon, July 15, 1911. For two years he was Sunday 
School Superintendent and was also church treasurer for 
some years. He taught a Sunday School class every year 
until his health would no longer permit active service. He 
too, seTved on the executive committee of the association. 

Mrs. Verdie Green Gold joined this church by letter 
November 22, 1919. She became a Sunday School teacher 
about 1921, serving as a teacher almost every year since 
then, and acting as either church organist, pianist, or the 
assistant, nearly every year. 

She was elected W. M. S. president one year, and Y.W.A. 
counselor several years 

She has helped in the Vacation,* Bible School each year. 
She is a leader in the B.T.U., and worker in the Young 
People's Department. 

Each of the two brothers and the sister of this church 
has served on various church committees. They have 


made a generous contribution of their talents, time, and 
means to the support of the church and the cause of Christ. 

If we were able to enumerate the years of their service 
to this church, we would find the total to exceed 125 years. 

We commend them for their loyalty and devotion to God 
and to the Church. 

Since the writing of this tribute we record the death of 
Brother C. P. Green in the fall of 1957. 


State Line Church members look back with reverence, 
and a distinct pride upon the 163 years of history, the work 
done by their ancestors, and its physical outcome. No one 
can measure or estimate the spiritual value of this church. 
Many have been the brave men and women who have lived 
and died, within its folds. They served their generation 
and have laid down the working tools of life. We must 
serve our generation. We should do it worthily and well. 
We should do this according to the will of God. Another 
163 years, if Christ delays His coming that long, we shall 
all be gone. The work of this church will be in the hands 
of others. We should see to it that we pass a heritage on 
to them that we will not regret. We have only one chance 
at life — only one life to live. It is glorious to link our lives 
with the church. This is the one institution that "the gates 
of Hell shall not prevail against.'' Let us look up and out 
and press on as we begin another 163 years for God and 
with God. 

"I'm pressing on the upward way, 
New heights I'm gaining every day, 
Still praying as I onward bound, 
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground." 
"Lord, lift me up and let me stand, 
By faith on Heaven's table land, 
A higher plane than I have found; 
Lord plant my feet on higher ground." 

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